Tom New is still hopeful of continuing his career in county cricket despite being released by Leicestershire with a year remaining on his contract.
Leicestershire parted company with New before the end of last season but an official announcement of his departure from Grace Road was only made yesterday after a financial settlement was reached.
New, who joined Leicestershire from Nottinghamshire ten years ago after he had impressed playing for England in the Under-15 World Cup in 2000, admitted that he was disappointed not to be seeing out his career at Grace Road but he is still optimistic of prolonging his county career elsewhere.
“I’m disappointed because I have been at the club for eight-and-a-half years,” said New. “I saw myself finishing my career there. That was the ultimate plan but things have not worked out that way. The club has decided to take this decision and they are entitled to do that.
“I’d like to thank them for what they have done for me in my time at the club. This is just a new chapter in my career. It is something I have to move on with, find somewhere else and make a career out of it.
“There are a few options out there for me. It certainly isn’t the end of me as a player. I’m 26 and still looking to have another ten years in the game.”
New was expected to fill the gap left by the retirement of veteran Paul Nixon who relinquished the gauntlets in County Championship cricket in 2010 and again this year.
But New struggled for consistency when he was installed as Leicestershire’s first choice wicketkeeper and also went through a lean spell with the bat having broken into the side as a specialist batsman.
Leicestershire have signed former Kent wicketkeeper Paul Dixey and Ned Eckersley, a wicketkeeper-batsman from the MCC Young Cricketers, to replace New and Nixon.