NEIL Edwards has left Somerset to join Nottinghamshire.

The 25-year-old former England U-19 batsman has signed a three-year deal with Notts after eight years at the County Ground.

Edwards played in every Championship game in 2007, scoring 1,251 runs at 48, but played in only six the following year and this season, has not featured in any first team games.

He will join another former Somerset opening batsman, Matt Wood, at Trent Bridge.

The Cornishman said: “I am really disappointed to be leaving Somerset. I have enjoyed my time at the club and I am grateful for the support that I have received over the years from the club and the members.

“However I feel that I have reached the time in my career where I need to be playing regular first team cricket and this move to Notts will provide me with this opportunity.”

“I had the opportunity to stay at Somerset I felt that this move will provide me with new challenges and I am looking forward to it.”

He continued: “I want to play first team cricket, not just championship but one day cricket as well, which is a game you need to be given an extended run in, which I have never had the opportunity to do at Somerset.”

Brian Rose, the Somerset director of cricket, said: “Neil is a very popular member of the squad and we will be sorry to see him go.

“But I understand that he needs to play regular first team cricket at this stage in his career, and we hope that his ambitions can be fulfilled.”