Kent pace bowler Matt Coles leaves Canterbury
Kent pace bowler Matt Coles has decided to leave the county after turning down the offer of a new contract.
Last Updated: 22/08/13 5:30pm
Coles came through the ranks at Canterbury and made his Kent debut in 2009 after graduating from the Academy.
His impressive domestic form saw him named in the Potential England Performance Programme Squad at the end of the 2011 season.
Coles was then called up to play for England Lions a year later before earning his county cap in 2012.
But Coles has opted to move on and Kent Chairman of Cricket Graham Johnson admitted he was frustrated by the 23-year-old's decision.
"Having seen Matt develop through the Kent system with all the support that this has provided him, it is disappointing that he feels he needs to go elsewhere in search of a way to deliver to his potential," he said.
"We wish him well and are now focused on developing our squad of players who have a desire to play for Kent and have the same vision."
Coles has taken 133 wickets at an average of 30.67 for Kent and also has a first-class century to his name, averaging 20.66 with the bat in his career.