Craig Spearman, the former New Zealand batsman, has agreed to leave Gloucestershire a year before the end of his contract following a poor season.

Although Spearman proved prolific for much of his Gloucestershire career - and set a new club record when he scored 341 in 2004 - 2009 was a struggle for him as he made just six Championship appearances and made 206 runs at 22.88.

Earlier this week Gloucestershire chairman, John Light, hinted that Spearman's future would be under consideration. "His service to Gloucestershire has been wonderful but he hasn't made runs in the seconds and it's worrying to see him so far from the Craig we know," he told BBC Gloucestershire

After his release, Spearman said: ''I have had an immensely enjoyable eight years at Gloucestershire and I would like to thank my colleagues and the members for their wonderful support over the years. I will miss the Club and wish them every success for the future.''

Director of cricket, John Bracewell added: "Craig has been an outstanding servant over a number of years. Capturing a number of record breaking performances which will place him high in the status of great Gloucestershire batsmen and his experience will be missed. We wish Craig all the best as he pursues other endeavours."