Nottinghamshire fast bowler Mark Footitt has been loaned to Lancashire for the opening month of the season.
The left-arm paceman will initially be available for two fixtures for the Old Trafford side; beginning with their first-class opener against Loughborough MCCU, followed by a trip to Lord’s to face Middlesex.
Footitt’s loan follows the decision earlier this week that his fellow left-armer Luke Wood will also be spending a temporary period away from Trent Bridge with Northamptonshire.
“The loan system is something we’ve used consistently for a number of years now and it works well for us,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Once we’ve made a decision on which bowlers are going to start the season, it makes complete sense for us that those who aren’t involved in that get to play the highest standard possible of competitive cricket.
“We can recall a player from loan at any time if something changes with regards to selection or injuries.
“It’s good for Lancashire because they get use of a quality fast bowler. It’s good for Mark getting to play first-class cricket – and if he comes back with fitness and form having put some overs in his legs, it’s also beneficial for Notts.”
Nottingham-born Footitt is in his second spell at Trent Bridge, having begun his professional career as part of the County Championship-winning squad of 2005.
He left for Derbyshire in 2010, and then spent a season and a half at Surrey before returning to his home county in 2017.
He also spent time back at Derbyshire on loan last season.
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