County Cricket 2012 September 21, 2012

Surrey release Hamilton-Brown

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rory Hamilton-Brown's departure from Surrey has been confirmed after the county announced he has been released from the remainder of his contract although which team he now joins remains undecided.

Somerset are the favourites to get his signature as Hamilton-Brown looks to revive his career after a traumatic season following the death of his close friend Tom Maynard after which he was granted indefinite compassionate leave from the club. He briefly returned to the side and his final appearance for Surrey was the Maynard tribute match against Glamorgan on August 21.

Earlier this month Surrey confirmed they had given Hamilton-Brown permission to talk to other counties so he could assess his future and his three-years with the club have now come to an end.

Chris Adams, the team director, said: "Rory is a talented young cricketer. Achieving promotion and winning the CB40 trophy were both significant achievements and his weight of runs made a big contribution. Whilst at the club, he has also moved a lot a closer to fulfilling his ambitions of playing on the International stage.

"The club has agreed to his request to leave so he can look to make a fresh start elsewhere. On a personal level I would like to wish Rory the best for the future and hope he is able to realise his potential at the highest level."