Derbyshire have confirmed that Australian opener Chris Rogers is to leave at the end of the season after accepting an offer to join Middlesex.
The 33-year-old rejoined Derbyshire in 2008, having spent a brief spell with the Falcons four years earlier, and has been a prolific run scorer for the county.
He was captain from midway through his first season, until relinquishing the role earlier this month, and scored 4,044 first-class runs at an average of 63.19 over the last three years.
But Rogers, who has previously played for Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, has now informed Derbyshire he will not be returning to the club in 2011 after agreeing to join Middlesex.
“I am sad to leave as I feel I have become a part of the side here and have forged some great relationships,” said Rogers.
“I wish Derbyshire all the best and I believe that under John Morris they have the squad and support to become a successful side.”
Morris, Derbyshire’s head of cricket, added: “Chris has been a great player, captain and ambassador for the past three years and I would like to thank him for all he has done during his time with us.
“He has been a great professional and a consistent scorer of big runs. He leaves the club with our very best wishes.”