County ins & outs - signings, departures and rumours
Stay up-to-date with the latest player releases, signings and speculation from all the counties.
Counties are allowed to field two overseas players in Twenty20 games, with up to four registered for that competition - although only two can be registered at any one time, and registrations must be for a minimum of 10 days.
Only one overseas player is permitted in the County Championship and One-Day Cup competitions.
Guide to abbreviations
Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties
KPK: Kolpak contract
YTH: from youth teams
EUP: European Union passport
UKP: Recently-obtained UK passport
Kolpak contracts are signed by foreign players, using a loophole in European Union law to avoid counting against the quota of one overseas player per club.
Overseas player: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies, until late July); Marcus North (Australia, primarily for Twenty20 and for other competitions when Chanderpaul is away), Cheteshwar Pujara (India, for final three County Championship games)
Ins: Stephen Moore (Lancashire), Gareth Cross (Lancashire), Scott Elstone (ex-Nottinghamshire, released in 2012), Greg Cork (YTH), Ben Cotton (YTH), Tom Taylor (YTH), Harvey Hosein (YTH)
Outs: Alasdair Evans (REL), Dan Redfern (Leicestershire), Tim Groenewald (Somerset, loan from 20 June until the end of the season, then permanent move), Stephen Moore (RET on 28 June), Peter Burgoyne (REL on 28 Juns), Richard Johnson (REL on 28 June), Paul Borrington (REL on 6 August), Mark Turner (Northants, month's loan from 8 August)
Future signings: Leicestershire all-rounder Shiv Thakor will join on a two-year contract at the end of the season.
Future departures: Keeper Gareth Cross will not be offered a new deal at the end of the season.
Other news: Head coach Karl Krikken and batting coach David Houghton (who has joined Somerset) have left the club. Warwickshire bowling coach Graeme Welch replaces Krikken, taking the title of elite cricket performance director, with John Sadler, Simon Guy, Cookie Patel, Nick Kesingland and Ant Botha all joining the coaching staff, while AJ Harris and Stephen Stubbings will head up the academy. Tony Palladino, Mark Footit, Billy Godleman and Ben Slater have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, for two County Championship games in May); John Hastings (Australia, after Indian Premier League finishes until early September); Varun Aaron (India, for final two Championship games)
Ins: Stuart Poynter (Ireland, ex-Warwickshire), Graham Clark (MCC Young Cricketers), Calum MacLeod (Scotland), Peter Chase (Ireland)
Outs: Mitchell Claydon (Kent), Will Smith (Hampshire), Callum Thorp (REL), Steve Harmison (RET), Dale Benkenstein (RET, has joined Hampshire as first-team coach)
Future departures: All-rounder Gareth Breese will be released at the end of the season.
Other news: Jon Lewis has become first-team coach, with director of cricket Geoff Cook taking on a youth remit, while Mark Stoneman has become limited-overs captain. Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth and Paul Collingwood (who had hinted at retirement) have signed new contracts. The club have dropped their "Dynamos" limited-overs nickname. They will be known simply as Durham in 50-over cricket, while they will assume the name of "Durham Jets" in Twenty20 competition.
Overseas player: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)
Ins: Monty Panesar (Sussex), Oliver Newby (Lancashire, loan from 2-24 May), Tanveer Sikander (Hertfordshire), Matt Salisbury (YTH), Thomas Moore (YTH)
Outs: Owais Shah (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Northants)
Future departures: Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes will join Surrey at the end of the season, while bowlers Sajid Mahmood and Tom Craddock are to be released.
Other news: Strength and conditioning coach Ian Fisher has joined Yorkshire and assistant coach Matt Walker has rejoined Kent. Reece Topley, Tom Westley, Nick Browne and Ravi Bopara have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa); Darren Sammy (West Indies, for Twenty20 until end of June)
Ins: Tom Helm (Middlesex, loan from 2 May-4 June), Tom Lancefield (ex-Surrey), James Harris (Middlesex, month's loan from 16 July), Kieran Bull (YTH), Aneurin Donald (YTH), Jeremy Lawlor (YTH), Jack Murphy (YTH), Dewi Penrhyn Jones (YTH)
Outs: Simon Jones (REL), Huw Waters (RET on 11 August), John Glover (RET on 27 August)
Future departures: Murray Goodwin and Gareth Rees will retire at the end of the season, while Stewart Walters, Tom Lancefield and Mike Reed are also leaving.
Possible signings: Northants say batsman James Kettleborough has turned down a new deal in favour of joining Glamorgan, but the Welsh county have only confirmed that they have offered him a two-year contract.
Other news: Hugh Morris has become chief executive and managing director, with Toby Radford replacing Matthew Mott as head coach. Mark Wallace will captain the Championship and 50-over sides, while Allenby will lead the Twenty20 team. Will Owen, Kieran Bull, Jeremy Lawlor, Jack Murphy, Aneurin Donald, Dewi Penrhyn Jones and Andrew Salter have signed new contracts. Glamorgan have been docked two points for 2015's One-Day Cup for a poor pitch against Durham in August.
Overseas player: Michael Klinger (Australia); Mark Craig (New Zealand, as injury cover for Klinger in August)
Ins: Tom Smith (Middlesex), Will Tavare (YTH), Geraint Jones (Kent, loan from 22 May-20 June), Patrick Grieshaber (YTH), Adam Rouse (ex-Hampshire, month's trial from 24 June)
Outs: Richard Coughtrie (REL), Paul Muchall (REL), Ed Young (REL), Richard Dawson (Yorkshire, as second XI coach), Ian Saxelby (RET on 3 June)
Future departures: All-rounder Will Gidman will leave at the end of the season and join Nottinghamshire on a three-year deal, while his brother Alex is to join Worcestershire, and Graeme McCarter is not being offered a new deal.
Other news: Mark Thorburn has been appointed bowling coach and will combine the role with his existing position as high performance analyst. Captain Michael Klinger, Will Tavare and David Payne have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Kyle Abbott (South Africa); Glenn Maxwell (Australia, primarily for Twenty20 until quarter-finals); Nathan Rimmington (Australia, as T20 cover while Abbott is with SA), Imran Tahir (South Africa, for last two Championship games)
Ins: Matt Coles (Kent), Will Smith (Durham), Joe Gatting (Sussex), Lewis McManus (YTH), Tom Barber (YTH), Tom Alsop (YTH), Owais Shah (Essex, match-by-match contract for T20), Basil Akram (ex-Loughborough UCCE)
Outs: Dimitri Mascarenhas (RET), Neil McKenzie (REL), David Griffiths (Kent), Hamza Riazuddin (RET), Adam Rouse (REL, subsequently joined Gloucestershire), Jack Sheppard (REL), Michael Roberts (REL), Jake George (REL)
Future signings: Veteran Nottinghamshire seamer Andre Adams will join on a short-term deal for the first three months of 215.
Future departures: Michael Bates and Ruel Brathwaite are to be released, while paceman David Balcombe is to join Surrey.
Other news: The county have dropped their "Royals" limited-overs nickname for 2014 and will just be known as Hampshire. Former Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein has joined as first-team coach. Liam Dawson, Adam Wheater, Chris Wood and Will Smith have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Doug Bollinger (Australia)
Ins: Mitchell Claydon (Durham), David Griffiths (Hampshire), Charlie Hartley (YTH), Matt Hunn (YTH), Robbie Joseph (ex-Kent & Leicestershire), Imran Qayyum (YTH)
Outs: Mike Powell (RET), Matt Coles (Hampshire), Charlie Shreck (Leicestershire), Benedict Kemp (REL), Geraint Jones (Gloucestershire, loan from 22 May-20 June), James Tredwell (Sussex, loan for County Championship matches from 15 June), Mark Davies (RET on 12 September)
Future departures: Wicketkeeper Geraint Jones will not be offered a new deal at the end of the season.
Other news: James Tredwell has resigned as captain, with Rob Key returning for a second spell as skipper, and Sam Northeast becoming vice-captain. Former batsman Matt Walker has rejoined as assistant coach. Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Adam Ball, Alex Blake, Charlie Hartley, Matt Hunn, Imran Qayyum, Adam Riley and Darren Stevens have signed new deals.
Overseas player: Junaid Khan (Pakistan, for one-day matches and final County Championship game); Usman Khawaja (Australia, mid-June until end of season)
Ins: Jos Buttler (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (YTH), Andrew Flintoff (for Twenty20, had retired in 2010)
Outs: Stephen Moore (Derbyshire), Gareth Cross (Derbyshire), Oliver Newby (Essex, loan from 2-24 May), Kyle Hogg (RET on 5 September)
Future signings: Leicestershire fast bowler Nathan Buck, who had also been targeted by Northants, has joined for 2015.
Possible departures: Kolpak player Ashwell Prince said in March he would retire from all cricket at the end of the season - but is now considering playing on.
Other news: Captain Glenn Chapple will take over as head coach for the remainder of the season, after Peter Moores left to lead England, and he has added retired ex-skipper Mark Chilton to the coaching staff. Opener Paul Horton will be suspended from the first two T20 matches of 2015 after being found guilty of serious dissent.
Overseas player: Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies, until late July); Scott Styris (New Zealand, for Twenty20, then replacing Sarwan from late July)
Ins: Charlie Shreck (Kent), Dan Redfern (Derbyshire), Atif Sheikh (played for Derbyshire in 2010), Rob Sayer (YTH), Richard Jones (Warwickshire, month's loan from 13 June)
Outs: Claude Henderson (RET), Matthew Hoggard (RET), Robbie Williams (REL)
Future departures: All-rounder Shiv Thakor will join Derbyshire at the end of the season, with batsman Josh Cobb joining Northants and paceman Nathan Buck (also a Northants target) joining Lancashire, while Anthony Ireland and Michael Thornely are to be released.
Other news: Jigar Naik, Rob Taylor, Tom Wells, Rob Sayer, Ben Raine, James Sykes, Lewis Hill, Atif Sheikh, Angus Robson, Matthew Boyce and Ollie Freckingham have signed new deals. Chief executive Mike Siddall will leave at the end of the season.
Overseas player: Chris Rogers (Australia), Dan Christian (Australia, for Twenty20)
Ins: Harry Podmore (YTH), Stephen Eskinazi (YTH)
Outs: Corey Collymore (REL), Tom Smith (Gloucestershire), Josh Davey (Somerset), Adam London (REL), Tom Helm (Glamorgan, loan from 2 May-4 June), Adam Rossington (Northants, loan from 3 July until end of the season), James Harris (Glamorgan, month's loan from 16 July)
Other news: Eoin Morgan has lost his England central contract but been named as Middlesex's limited-overs captain. Ollie Rayner and Neil Dexter have signed new contracts, as has Steven Finn who is centrally contracted by England.
Overseas player: Richard Levi (South Africa, primarily for T20 and One-Day Cup), Ian Butler (New Zealand, for Championship and T20 until mid-July), Neil Wagner (New Zealand, for final five Championship matches)
Ins: Maurice Chambers (Essex), Graeme White (Nottinghamshire), Adam Rossington (Middlesex, loan from 3 July until end of the season), Mark Turner (Derbyshire, month's loan from 8 August)
Outs: Lee Daggett (RET), Luke Evans (REL), Christian Davis (REL), Sam Sweeney (REL), Con de Lange (REL), Jonathan Batty (REL, had been short-term emergency cover)
Future signings: Leicestershire's Josh Cobb is to join on a two-year deal at the end of the season.
Future departures: Veteran batsman David Sales will retire at the end of the season, while Andrew Hall, Matthew Spriegel and James Middlebrook are not being offered new deals.
Possible departures: Northants say batsman James Kettleborough has turned down a new deal in favour of joining Glamorgan, but the Welsh county have only confirmed that they have offered him a two-year contract.
Other news: Kyle Coetzer will captain the T20 side in 2014 as Alex Wakely has been ruled out for the season with injury, but Wakely will become captain in all formats in 2015, with David Willey (a reported target for Surrey) as vice-captain.
Overseas player: Peter Siddle (Australia; all games except Twenty20 until mid-July); James Franklin (New Zealand, from mid-June)
Ins: Phil Jaques (Yorkshire, UKP), Gary Keedy (Surrey, as player/coach/physio)
Outs: Ben Phillips (REL), Graeme White (Northants), Graeme Swann (RET), Alex Hales (Worcestershire, loan from 2-11 May)
Future signings: Notts will sign Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman on a three-year deal at the end of the season.
Future departures: Veteran paceman Andre Adams will leave at the end of the season and join Hampshire on a short-term deal for 2015, while Jaques will not be returning for 2015, having been released from the second year of his contract to become assistant coach of New South Wales.
Other news: Chris Read has relinquished the limited-overs captaincy to James Taylor (who will be Championship vice-captain). Coach Paul Johnson has left the club, while former seamer Andy Pick has rejoined Notts as bowling coach, all-rounder Paul Franks has been named second XI captain, and Chris Adams has joined as a consultant batting coach. Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Alviro Petersen (South Africa), Dirk Nannes (Australia, for Twenty20); Colin Ingram (South Africa, while Petersen is on international duty in July)
Ins: Johann Myburgh (ex-Durham), Josh Davey (Middlesex), Tim Groenewald (Derbyshire, loan from 20 June until end of season, then three-year contract)
Outs: Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Gemaal Hussain (REL), Yasir Arafat (Sussex), Steve Kirby (RET on 22 July)
Future departures: All-rounder James Burke will join Surrey at the end of the season, when director of cricket Dave Nosworthy will step down.
Other news: In a revamped coaching set-up, ex-Derbyshire coach David Houghton becomes batting coach, 2nd XI coach Jason Kerr becomes bowling coach, and former head coach Andy Hurry becomes director of high performance. James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter, Craig Meschede, Johann Myburgh, Tom Abell, Jack Leach, Lewis Gregory, Alex Barrow, James Regan, Max Waller and Josh Davey have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Graeme Smith (South Africa, April to May), Robin Peterson (South Africa, for Twenty20), Hashim Amla (South Africa, late May until late June), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka, late June until mid-August)
Ins: Kevin O'Brien (Ireland, for Twenty20)
Outs: Jon Lewis (Sussex), Zander de Bruyn (REL), Gary Keedy (Nottinghamshire)
Future signings: Essex wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes, Somerset all-rounder James Burke and Hampshire paceman David Balcombe will join Surrey at the end of the season.
Future departures: All-rounder Tom Jewell will not have his contract renewed at the end of the season.
Other news: Graham Ford has become head coach, with Alec Stewart taking on the new title of director of cricket. England discard Kevin Pietersen will primarily play Twenty20 cricket but may appear in other formats. Gary Wilson will captain the side in the absence of Smith, who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury and will now not be returning in 2015. Jason Roy, Matthew Dunn, Freddie van den Bergh, Zafar Ansari, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Dominic Sibley, Gary Wilson, Stuart Meaker and Gareth Batty have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Steve Magoffin (Australia); Yasir Arafat (Pakistan, for Twenty20)
Ins: Steffan Piolet (Warwickshire), Jon Lewis (Surrey), Yasir Arafat (Somerset), James Tredwell (Kent, loan for County Championship matches from 15 June), Craig Cachopa (EUP)
Outs: Monty Panesar (Essex), Joe Gatting (Hampshire), Andrew Miller (REL), Amjad Khan (REL)
Other news: Matt Prior, centrally contracted to England, has signed a new contract with the county, as have Chris Jordan and Ed Joyce.
Overseas player: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Shoaib Malik (Pakistan, for Twenty20 from 19 June-8 July)
Ins: Richard Jones (Worcestershire), Tom Lewis (YTH), Jon Webb (YTH), Josh Poysden (ex-Unicorns, trial)
Outs: Darren Maddy (RET), Chris Metters (REL), Tom Allin (REL), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Steffan Piolet (Sussex), Richard Jones (Leicestershire, month's loan from 13 June), Jim Troughton (RET on 19 August)
Other news: Bowling coach Graeme Welch has left to become elite cricket performance director at Derbyshire, with Worcestershire bowler Alan Richardson joining as his replacement. The county will be known as "Birmingham Bears" in Twenty20 cricket from 2014. Laurie Evans, Richard Jones, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Jeetan Patel and Ian Westwood have signed new contracts. Varun Chopra has replaced the retired Troughton as captain.
Overseas player: Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan, mid-April until mid-July); Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand, to cover for Ajmal in July and August)
Ins: Ed Barnard (YTH), Joe Clarke (YTH), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire, loan from 2-11 May), Richard Oliver (Shropshire)
Outs: Richard Jones (Warwickshire), Neil Pinner (REL), Steve Leach (REL), Michael Johnson (REL), Aneesh Kapil (REL), David Lucas (RET), Alan Richardson (RET, has joined Warwickshire as bowling coach)
Future signings: Gloucestershire batsman Alex Gidman will join at the end of the season.
Future departures: Nick Harrison, Matt Pardoe and Graeme Cessford will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Possible signings: Director of cricket Steve Rhodes is "optimistic" Ajmal may return in 2015.
Other news: Kevin Sharp has been confirmed as batting and second XI coach following the death of Damien D'Oliveira, while bowling coach Matt Mason will also serve as Rhodes' assistant.. The county have dropped their "Royals" limited-overs nickname, but will be known as the "Rapids" only in Twenty20 cricket. Charlie Morris, Joe Leach, Chris Russell, Tom Fell, Ben Cox, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Clarke, Shaaiq Choudry, Brett D'Oliveira and Ed Barnard have signed new contracts.
Overseas player: Kane Williamson (New Zealand); Aaron Finch (Australia, after Indian Premier League finishes, primarily for Twenty20 - though may play other games if Williamson is unavailable)
Ins: Will Rhodes (YTH), Oliver Robinson (YTH), Jonathan Tattersall (YTH), Ben Coad (YTH)
Outs: Phil Jaques (Nottinghamshire), Joe Sayers (RET), Iain Wardlaw (REL), Gurman Randhawa (Shropshire), Oliver Robinson (REL on 30 July)
Future departures: Spinner Azeem Rafiq will not be offered a new deal at the end of the season.
Other news: Joe Root is now centrally contracted by England but he has also extended his Yorkshire contract. Second XI coach Paul Farbrace has left to take charge of Sri Lanka, replaced by ex-spinner Richard Dawson, while former player Ian Fisher has returned to Headingley as strength and conditioning coach, a role he held at Essex.