WORCESTERSHIRE have confirmed that batsman Jack Haynes has become the third player to sign for Nottinghamshire at the end of the season. 

Haynes will join fellow Worcestershire players Josh Tongue and Dillon Pennington at Trent Bridge from the 2024 season on a three-year deal. 

22-year-old Academy product Haynes made his debut for the county in 2019 and has gone on to become a crucial player in the squad. 

His development at Worcestershire has earned him representation at international level, having played for England Under 19’s and featuring in England Lions’ tour of Sri Lanka in the winter.

Jack Haynes commented: "The decision to leave my home club has been a very difficult one for me.

"I leave behind a host of special memories from playing on the boundary as a young boy, coming up through the age groups, to taking the field now with guys I grew up with.

"I’d like to thank everyone at New Road who has supported me along the way – teammates, coaches, and supporters. I’ve loved playing for Worcestershire, and it will always be a special place for me and my family.

"I send my best wishes to everyone at the club for 2024 and beyond."

Haynes is the fourth player to confirm his departure from the county, with bowler Pat Brown heading off to Derbyshire following the conclusion of the current season. 

But it is yet further evidence that Worcestershire are unable to compete with the contracts on offer at the more established counties in the country. 

Worcestershire’s Chief Executive Officer Ashley Giles added: "It is always disappointing to see a player nurtured by our own pathway and academy leave the Club.

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jack every success in the future."

Worcestershire will now turn their focus to their own recruitment for next season as they look to replace the likes of Tongue, Pennington and Haynes. 

Tongue took a five-for on his return from England duty last week in the win at Leicestershire and Pennington took seven wickets in the match, whilst Haynes will leave a significant hole in the top order of the batting. 

So far, Worcestershire have brought in one new face for next season in batter Rob Jones from Lancashire but will need one or two more if they are to make up for the loss of Haynes.