Footitt heads back to Notts

13 July 2017 04:05:24 EST

Left-arm fast bowler Mark Footitt has rejoined Nottinghamshire after being released by Surrey for personal reasons.

The 31-year-old - who was in his second season at the Oval - was experiencing family issues which meant he was unable to settle in London.

"Due to the personal and family issues being suffered by Mark, Surrey have reluctantly agreed to release him from his contract with immediate effect," said the club's director of cricket Alec Stewart.

"A great deal of time, thought and consideration has gone into this decision, but when Mark made it clear he could no longer continue with the situation, we agreed that this would be the best course of action."

Footitt has signed at Trent Bridge until the end of 2019 and Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said: "He's obviously blossomed as a cricketer since he was last here, and we believe he can help us go where we want to go for the rest of this season and in the following two seasons at least."

Footitt, leading wicket-taker in Division Two of the County Championship in 2014 and joint-top with Tom Curran the following year when with Derbyshire, added: "When I signed for Surrey, I looked forward to a long and successful career at the Oval.

"However, I've not been able to settle in London, away from my partner and my daughter.

"I am extremely grateful to Surrey, and Alec Stewart in particular, for their understanding of this situation which is not one I ever envisaged happening - and am hugely appreciative of their decision to allow me to leave and be back with my family."

The former Derbyshire left-armer has been a regular England squad member over the past two years and went on the 2015 pre-Ashes camp.

Notts are priced at 7/1 to win the T20 Blast this summer, with Surrey available at 6/1 and Hampshire 7/1.

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