GARY KEEDY has ended his 18-year affiliation with Lancashire by putting pen to paper at Surrey County Cricket Club.
The left-arm spinner has agreed a two-year deal with the county.
Arriving at Old Trafford in 1995, Keedy made over 400 appearances for the Red Rose and claimed over 800 wickets in all competitions.
He was capped by the county in 2000 and was awarded a benefit in 2009.
Keedy said: “I have had a fantastic eighteen seasons at Lancashire and would like to thank all the players, staff and members there for everything they have done for me.
“Winning the County Championship in 2011 was an incredible moment for both the club and myself and one that will stay with me forever. Working with Simon Kerrigan and Steve Parry over the last few years has been very rewarding and I feel they can go forward and play a big role for Lancashire in the future.
“However, I have reached the time in my career when I need to move on in order to fulfil my ambitions and I am very excited to be joining Surrey at this time. They are a great club with a long history and an exciting future and I am really looking to playing my part over the next few seasons.”
Lancashire CCC Cricket Director Mike Watkinson added: “Gary has been a fantastic servant to Lancashire County Cricket Club over many seasons, both on and off the field.
“At Lancashire we have up and coming spinners Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley all looking to stake a claim and with Gary being at the latter end of his playing career he wants the opportunity of playing as much cricket as possible.
“Gary asked our permission to look at other options and he goes with our best wishes. We would like to thank him for his outstanding service to the club and we wish him well with his future endeavours.”
Surrey Team Director Chris Adams concluded: “Gary Keedy has been one of the leading bowlers in county cricket for over a decade and I am delighted he will be joining us for the next two seasons.
“As well as his fantastic ability with the ball, he will play a valuable role in the dressing room throughout the year– helping to impart his experience to the younger members of our squad.”