Needham takes up new position

Jake Neeham DCCC
Jake Neeham DCCC

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has accepted an approach from Jake Needham to be released from his playing contract.

He has, however, taken-on a new role within the club.

The 25-year-old all-rounder has joined the Media and Marketing department on a part-time basis, ending his eight-season stint on the playing staff which began with a debut in 2005.

Needham became the first graduate of the club’s Academy to sign a professional contract in 2006, going on to make 19 first-class appearances and a further 56 in the limited-overs forms of the game.

Newly-appointed as captain of Ockbrook and Borrowash Cricket Club, Needham is a former England U19s international.

He captained the Derbyshire Second XI for much of the 2011 season and produced career-best bowling figures of 6-49 versus Leicestershire in 2008.

Needham will combine his work in the Media and Marketing department with an employment opportunity in the financial services sector.

Needham said: “I felt it was the right time for me to look outside a playing career in county cricket. It is, therefore, with great optimism and enthusiasm that I take a position working behind the scenes with the club.’’