First Mark Stoneman then Sam Northeast have headed to Yorkshire on loan. Nick Gubbins has left Middlesex to replace Northeast at Hampshire, temporarily at first then possibly permanently. Meanwhile Jade Dernbach has departed Surrey for a stint at Derbyshire.
These are all good players who have either played for England or England Lions. The game is fickle though and with so many different formats, a player can score a bucketload of runs one year, only to be left out of the side following a quiet match the next.
Mid-season moves, even if at first only on loan, are becoming the norm in county cricket. For the player making the move, it can reignite a career. Dom Bess and Jamie Overton have obviously switched counties in recent times, in pursuit of international (Or further international) honours.
But what about the youngster missing out? To be fair, a lot of young players are coming through at most counties and players north of thirty shouldn’t just be chucked out of the game. It’s not just young players either. It’s great to see 28-year-old Jake Lintott work his way back into professional cricket and thriving at Middlesex.
Hopefully the likes of Northeast, Dernbach & co. can make the most of their moves, pass experience on and maybe even ask some questions of the England management!