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.’’