England one-day wicketkeeper Steve Davies is to leave Worcestershire after informing the county that he will not be renewing his contract.
Davies is now expected to join Surrey, who gave Worcestershire 28 days’ notice of their intention to speak to the player earlier in the season.
It has been common knowledge that Davies’ days at New Road were numbered ever since July, when he rejected a new three-year deal.
The 23-year-old came through the county’s Academy and made his England debut in a Twenty20 international with the West Indies during the winter. He also appears regularly for England Lions and has played twice against Australia for them this summer, at New Road and last weekend at Canterbury.
Davies informed Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes of his decision earlier in the week. Former England wicket-keeper Rhodes said: “Having been involved with Steve’s development since the age of 11, I am quite naturally disappointed he won’t be part of the club’s plans in the immediate future.
“However, the most important thing is that the club must move forward and we will be searching for a suitable replacement.
“We respect his decision and hope that he has a very successful cricketing career with his new county and with England.
“He will always be welcome at New Road and will remain an integral part of our plans for the remainder of the season.”
It is another blow for Worcestershire, who are bottom of Division One in the County Championship and have England one-day spinner Gareth Batty also set to leave after being given permission to speak to other counties.
Warwickshire and Surrey are vying for his signature while England Lions opener Stephen Moore is also likely to invoke a get-out clause in the three-year deal he signed last summer, with the Bears in contention to sign him.