County ins & outs 2015 - signings, departures and rumours

Yorkshire celebrate winning the 2014 County Championship
Yorkshire won the title in 2014, their first County Championship success for 13 years

All the signings, moves and news from every county in the build-up to and during the 2015 season.

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
KPK: Kolpak contractREL: Released
RET: RetiredYTH: From youth teams
EUP: European Union passportUKP: Recently obtained UK passport
Also shows, where relevant, players' previous counties

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.

Players who moved counties or retired during the 2014 season are included on the 2014 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.


Overseas player: Martin Guptill (New Zealand, for first three Championship matches); Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka, June and early August until end of the season), Nathan Rimmington (Australia, for Twenty20); Hashim Amla (South Africa, from 10-29 May); Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand, from mid-June to the end of July)

Ins: Shiv Thakor (Leicestershire), Will Davisexternal-link (YTH), Adam Wheatcroftexternal-link (YTH), Harry Whiteexternal-link (YTH), Wayne White (Lancashire), Matthew Critchleyexternal-link (YTH), Tom Milnes (Warwickshire, month's loan from 23 July)

Outs: Tim Groenewald (Somerset), Mark Turnerexternal-link (REL), Matt Higginbottomexternal-link (REL), Gareth Cross (REL), Jonathan Marsden (REL), Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Wayne White (REL on 5 August, subsequently joined Leicestershire), David Wainwrightexternal-link (REL on 26 August, subsequently signed for Shropshire)

Other news: Wes Durston took over as captain in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.


Overseas player: John Hastings (Australia)

Ins: Jack Burnhamexternal-link (YTH), James Weighellexternal-link (YTH), Barry McCarthyexternal-link (YTH), Gurman Randhawaexternal-link (ex-Yorkshire, had been playing for Shropshire)

Outs: Gareth Breeseexternal-link (REL), Rammy Singh (REL), Phil Mustard (Lancashire, loan from 11 September until end of season)


Overseas player: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand), Shaun Tait (Australia, for Twenty20)

Ins: Callum Taylor (YTH), Liam Gough (trial until May, will be registered for first team), Aron Nijjar (trial, June-Sep), Saf Imtiaz (trial, 2015 season), Daniel Lawrence (YTH), Adeel Malikexternal-link (three-month contract from May), Liam Dawson (Hampshire, loan from 6-18 July); Ravi Patelexternal-link (Middlesex, loan from 18 July-7 August)

Outs: Ben Foakes (Surrey), Sajid Mahmood (REL), Tom Craddock (REL), Tim Phillips (RET), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Tanveer Sikandar (REL), Adeel Malik (REL, see above)

Other news: Coach Paul Grayson left the club by mutual consent on 2 September.


Overseas player: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa); Wayne Parnell (South Africa, for Twenty20 until 28 June)

Ins: James Kettleborough (Northants), Craig Meschede (Somerset, season-long loan), Colin Ingram (KPK), Andy Carter (Nottinghamshire, month-long loan from start of season, then loan for Championship cricket only, from 19 June to end of July)

Outs: Murray Goodwin (RET), Gareth Rees (RET), Stewart Walters (REL), Tom Lancefield (REL), Mike Reed (REL), Jim Allenby (Somerset), Will Owen (RET on 17 August)

Other news: Rudolph took over as captain in all formats.


Overseas player: Michael Klinger (Australia, from June)

Ins: Tom Hampton (Buckinghamshire), Kieran Noema-Barnett (UKP), Geraint Jones (Kent), Peter Handscomb (UKP)

Outs: Will Gidman (Nottinghamshire), Alex Gidman (Worcestershire), Graeme McCarter (REL), Dan Housegoexternal-link (REL), Tom Shrewsburyexternal-link (REL)

Other news: Former players Richard Dawson and Ian Harvey were named as coach and assistant coach following the departure of director of cricket John Bracewell. Geraint Jones stepped down as four-day captain in early July and was replaced by Ian Cockbain.


Overseas player: Jackson Bird (Australia, until August); Yasir Arafat (Pakistan, for one-day cricket); Ryan McLaren (South Africa, from 1 September)

Ins: Andre Adams (Nottinghamshire, short-term deal as player-coach), Yasir Arafat (Sussex), Gareth Berg (Middlesex), Fidel Edwards (KPK), Brad Whealexternal-link (UKP), Joe Weatherley (YTH), Mason Crane (YTH), Ryan Stevenson (Devon)

Outs: David Balcombe (Surrey), Michael Batesexternal-link (Wiltshire, subsequently joined Somerset), Ruel Brathwaite (REL), Matt Coles (Kent), Andre Adams (RET on 8 June), Liam Dawson (Essex, loan from 6-18 July)

Other news: Twenty20 captain James Vince became one-day skipper as well at the start of the season - then took over as interim Championship captain on 18 July after Jimmy Adams stepped down.


Overseas player: None

Ins: Sam Wellerexternal-link (YTH), Ryan Daviesexternal-link (YTH), Joe Denly (Middlesex), Matt Coles (Hampshire), Hugh Bernardexternal-link (YTH), Sean Dickson (UKP)

Outs: Geraint Jones (Gloucestershire), Robbie Joseph (REL), Mark Davies (RET), Brendan Nashexternal-link (REL on 20 August)


Overseas player: Peter Siddle (Australia, first four games of the season), James Faulkner (Australia, from end of IPL season to end of August)

Ins: Nathan Buck (Leicestershire), Haseeb Hameedexternal-link (YTH), Matthew Parkinsonexternal-link (YTH), Saqib Mahmoodexternal-link (YTH), George Edwards (Surrey), Alviro Petersen (Somerset, as KPK), Toby Lester (YTH), Phil Mustard (Durham, loan from 11 September until end of season)

Outs: Andrea Agathangelou (REL, subsequently joined Leicestershire mid-season), Oliver Newby (REL), Kabir Ali (REL), Wayne White (Derbyshire), Andrew Flintoff (played Twenty20 only last season)

Other news: Director of cricket Mike Watkinson stepped down and was replaced by Ashley Giles, Tom Smith was named as captain in place of Glenn Chapple who moved into a player-coach role.


Overseas player: Clint McKay (Australia, from 26 April), Grant Elliott (New Zealand, for Twenty20, initially for first 10 matches); Umar Akmal (Pakistan, for Twenty20, 12-26 June)

Ins: Aadil Ali (YTH), Zak Chappellexternal-link (YTH), Neil Pinnerexternal-link (YTH), Mark Cosgrove (UKP), Kevin O'Brien (Surrey, for Twenty20 from 15 May-26 June), Andrea Agathangelou (ex-Lancashire), Greg Smith (Nottinghamshire, loan for Championship cricket only, 5-18 July), Michael Burgessexternal-link (Loughborough MCCU), Liam Hurtexternal-link (YTH), Wayne White (Derbyshire)

Outs: Shiv Thakor (Derbyshire), Nathan Buck (Lancashire), Josh Cobb (Northants), Greg Smith (Nottinghamshire), Anthony Ireland (REL), Michael Thornely (REL), Matt Boyce (RET on 23 July)

Other news: Former director of cricket Phil Whitticase left the club, while ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald joined as head coach. Cosgrove was appointed captain, with Ned Eckersley as his deputy.


Overseas player: Adam Voges (Australia, until mid-May); Joe Burns (Australia, early May until mid-July); Kyle Abbott (South Africa, for first half of Twenty20 season); Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand, for second half of Twenty20 season); Junaid Khan (Pakistan, from 27 July)

Ins: Max Holden (YTH), George Scott (YTH), Robbie White (YTH), Nick Compton (Somerset), James Franklin (New Zealand - as EUP), Nathan Sowterexternal-link (YTH)

Outs: Gareth Berg (Hampshire), Adam Rossington (Northants), Ollie Wilkin (REL), Joe Denly (Kent), Ravi Patelexternal-link (Essex, loan from 18 July-7 August)

Other news: Voges replaced fellow Australian Chris Rogers as Middlesex's Championship captain, but was then called up to the Australian Test squad. David Houghton joined from Somerset in January to become batting coach, replacing Mark Ramprakash who took up the same role with England.


Overseas player: Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, for Twenty20 until mid-June)

Ins: Josh Cobb (Leicestershire), Adam Rossington (Middlesex), Saif Zaib (YTH), Richard Levi (KPK), George Munseyexternal-link (Scotland), Ben Sandersonexternal-link (ex-Yorkshire), Richard Gleesonexternal-link (Cumberland)

Outs: David Sales (RET), Andrew Hall (REL), Matthew Spriegel (RET), James Middlebrook (Yorkshire), James Kettleborough (Glamorgan), Michael Leask (REL), Stephen Peters (RET on 7 August)

Other news: Alex Wakely became captain in all formats.


Overseas player: Vernon Philander (South Africa, start of season until early June), Ben Hilfenhaus (Australia, from early June until mid-July), Darren Sammy (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 31 May-12 June); Dan Christian (Australia, 19 June - end of July, then for One-Day Cup semi-final on 7 September), Imran Tahir (South Africa, 30 July until 6 September)

Ins: Will Gidman (Gloucestershire), Greg Smith (Leicestershire), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe, as KPK), Matthew Carter (YTH), Billy Root (YTH)

Outs: Phil Jaques (REL), Andre Adams (Hampshire), Sam Kelsallexternal-link (REL), Ajmal Shahzad (Sussex), Andy Carter (Glamorgan, month-long loan from start of season, then for Championship cricket only from 19 June to end of July), Luke Fletcher (Surrey, loan for three Championship matches from 18 May - 3 June), Greg Smith (Leicestershire, loan for Championship cricket only, 5-18 July)

Other news: Ex-England coach Peter Moores joined Notts on 30 June on a three-month coaching consultant contract.


Overseas player: Abdur Rehman (Pakistan, until 30 July), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan, for first half of Twenty20 season), Chris Gayle (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 29 May - 12 June, possibly returning if they make the knock-out stages), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand, for Twenty20 from 26 June - 17 July, then for County Championship from 1 September)

Ins: Tim Groenewald (Derbyshire), Ollie Saleexternal-link (YTH), Tim Rouseexternal-link (YTH), Sam Wyatt-Hainesexternal-link (YTH), Jim Allenby (Glamorgan), Tom Cooper (EUP), Michael Batesexternal-link (ex-Hampshire), Adam Hose (YTH)

Outs: Chris Jonesexternal-link (RET),James Burke (Surrey), Nick Compton (Middlesex), Craig Meschede (Glamorgan, season-long loan), Alviro Petersen (Lancashire, as KPK), Craig Kieswetter (RET on 5 June), George Dockrell (Sussex, month's loan for Championship cricket from 15 June), Alfonso Thomasexternal-link (Sussex, month's loan for One-Day Cup from 24 July)

Other news: Matthew Maynard replaced Dave Nosworthy as director of cricket, while high performance director Andy Hurry left to take up a role with England, and batting coach David Houghton left to take up the same position at Middlesex. Alfonso Thomas became one-day captain.


Overseas player: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka); Moises Henriques (Australia, for Twenty20 and as cover for Sangakkara, in June), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, for two Twenty20 games on 15 & 16 May), Dean Elgarexternal-link (South Africa, as cover for Sangakkara & Henriques, from 21 June - 1 July)

Ins: Ben Foakes (Essex), James Burke (Somerset), David Balcombe (Hampshire), Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire, loan for three County Championship matches from 18 May - 3 June), Sam Curranexternal-link (YTH)

Outs: Tom Jewell (REL), Kevin O'Brien (Leicestershire), Jack Winsladeexternal-link (REL), George Edwards (Lancashire), Tim Linley (Sussex, month's loan from 15 June), Chris Tremlett (RET on 21 August)

Other news: Gareth Batty replaced Gary Wilson as captain.


Overseas player: Steve Magoffin (Australia); Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, for Twenty20 until mid-June); George Bailey (Australia, for second half of Twenty20 competition)

Ins: Tymal Mills (Essex), Ajmal Shahzad (Nottinghamshire), Oliver Robinsonexternal-link (ex-Yorkshire), George Dockrell (Somerset, month's loan for Championship cricket only from 15 June), Tim Linley (Surrey, month's loan from 15 June), Peter Burgoyneexternal-link (ex-Derbyshire, non-contract), Alfonso Thomasexternal-link (Somerset, month's loan for One-Day Cup from 24 July)

Outs: Yasir Arafat (Hampshire), Jon Lewis (RET, is to become the club's bowling coach), Rory Hamilton-Brown (RET), Matt Prior (RET on 11 June)

Other news: All-rounder Luke Wright became Twenty20 captain.


Overseas player: Jeetan Patelexternal-link (New Zealand); Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, for Twenty20 from 26 June)

Ins: Andrew Umeed (YTH), Mark Adair (YTH)

Outs: Paul Best (RET), Jamie Atkinson (REL), Tom Milnes (Derbyshire, month's loan from 23 July)

Other news: Former wicketkeeper Richard Johnson returned to the club as assistant strength and conditioning coach, with ex-captain Jim Troughton back as fielding coach.


Overseas player: Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka, until late May); Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan, from June until 4 September); Shannon Gabriel (West Indies, from 14 September)

Ins: Alex Gidman (Gloucestershire), George Rhodes (YTH), Alex Hepburnexternal-link (YTH), Josh Tongueexternal-link (YTH), Ben Twohigexternal-link (YTH)

Outs: Nick Harrison (REL), Matt Pardoe (REL), Graeme Cessford (REL)


Overseas player: Cheteshwar Pujara (India, start of season until mid-May); Aaron Finch (mid-June to mid-July, then from late August); Glenn Maxwell (Australia, for Twenty20, then all formats from July to late August)

Ins: Josh Shawexternal-link (YTH), Cheteshwar Pujara (Derbyshire); James Middlebrook (Northants, short-term contract)

Outs: Azeem Rafiq (REL), Barney Gibson (RET)

Other news: Second team coach Richard Dawson left to become head coach of Gloucestershire. Alex Lees replaced Andrew Gale as limited-overs captain on 5 August.