Dougie Brown has confirmed that the 2007 season will be his last as a player.
The all-rounder has been the fulcrum of the Warwickshire side for a decade. He is the only remaining man on the playing staff who was part of the treble-winning team of 1994 and will be remembered as a giant of the club. He will be desperately hard to replace.
Now aged 37, however, Brown is firmly in the ‘veteran’ category. Out of contract at Edgbaston next September, and currently out of favour too, his decision probably only confirms what many had suspected.
"I've had a fantastic career but next year will definitely be my last," he said. "It's not getting any easier to keep going. I don't intend to hang around beyond my sell-by date.
"I've always said I want to finish my career at Warwickshire and I can't see myself playing elsewhere."
There is much to look forward to before his retirement, however. Brown is a member of the Scotland squad competing in next April’s World Cup squad and hopes to break back into both Warwickshire’s limited-overs and Championship teams.
As for life after playing, Brown is keeping his options open. Although he describes a move into coaching as "a natural progression", a complete change of direction is also a possibility.
One thing is for sure; Brown will continue his charity work. Just back from a trek across the Sahara for Cure Leukaemia — a Birmingham based charity — that has already raised #9,000, he now has his eyes upon a husky-drive across northern Sweden.
Brown made his first-class debut for Scotland in 1989, but made his debut for Warwickshire’s first team in 1991. In a career that's also included 11 One-Day Internationals (nine for England and two for Scotland) he has scored 8,455 first-class runs and taken 565 wickets.
To donate to Cure Leukaemia visit www.justgiving.com/dougiebrown.