Warwickshire are resigned to losing former England all-rounder Rikki Clarke to County Championship first division rivals Sussex.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to reject the offer of a new deal at Edgbaston for Sussex who made a formal 28-day approach for him earlier in the season.
Warwickshire have yet to receive formal notification from Clarke that he intends to leave Edgbaston but their decision to take seamer Chris Wright on loan from Essex for the final month of the season with a view to a permanent move next season suggests that are already planning for his absence.
Clarke himself joined Warwickshire late in the 2008 season after a brief and unhappy stint at Derbyshire whom he joined from Surrey. Clarke was appointed Derbyshire captain when he joined them but he stepped down midway through his only season in charge after he lost form and dropped.
Clarke, who played two Tests for England in Bangladesh in 2003/04, was first targeted by Warwickshire during Bob Woolmer’s second stint as their coach but Surrey resisted their approach.
Having arrived at Edgbaston, Clarke has scored almost 2,000 runs in 43 first-class matches with two centuries and taken 82 wickets, including the first two five-wicket hauls of his career.
His figures this season have not always reflected how well Clarke, who was awarded his county cap in May, has bowled and it may be that he feels under-valued by the new contract Warwickshire have offered him.
Sussex are understood to have offered Clarke a three-year contract and the chance to move closer to his family roots in Surrey.