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After spending five years at Taunton, Nick Compton has decided to leave Somerset with immediate effect.
Compton revealed the reason behind his departure stems from the fact that he wants to play for a club that is situated closer to London.
“I have loved playing for Somerset, but I have decided to re-locate more permanently to my base in south-west London,” he said. “I have always set myself the highest of professional standards, and I don’t want to compromise myself or the club, going forward.
“I appreciate Somerset’s understanding of my wish to balance both my personal and professional life.
“The club will always have a special place in my heart and I owe Brian Rose a huge debt of gratitude for the privileged opportunity he gave me to become a Somerset cricketer, which in turn has enabled me to fulfil a number of cricketing goals.
“Thanks to everybody who has made me so welcome in the last five years. I have been part of some exceptional teams, experienced the warmth of Somerset’s amazing supporters who make it such a great club to play for, and wish everybody connected with Somerset Cricket continued success.”
Speaking about Compton’s decision to leave, Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: “We would like to acknowledge the contribution Nick has made to Somerset CCC during his five years with the club. He will be missed and we are disappointed he has decided to leave. He departs with our very best wishes for the future and with our thanks for his outstanding contributions on and off the field.”
Somerset’s director of cricket, Matthew Maynard, added: “I am sorry to see Nick depart as he is a quality cricketer but it is fundamentally important that he, or any player for that matter, wants to be here and is able to perform to the best of their ability; sadly this is not something Nick feels able to achieve at this time.”