Alex Gidman has resigned as captain of Gloucestershire after two years in the position.
The 31-year-old has announced the decision only days after the county finished bottom of Division Two of the LV=County Championship.
Gidman, who is in his benefit year, missed Gloucestershire's penultimate first-class game of the season against Yorkshire due to 'personal reasons' with New Zealander Hamish Marshall stepping in to lead the side.
Explaining his reasons for standing down, Gidman told thisisgloucestershire.co.uk: "I was no longer enjoying being captain, it's as simple as that.
"I found I was no longer as motivated as I used to be to do all the extra work the role entails and that is why I have decided to step down.
"I've given it my best shot for two seasons and it is now time to move aside and let someone else have a go.
"Professional sport can be a brutal environment and cricket is a results-driven business.
"Our results have not been good enough and the team has not improved as much as I thought it should have.
"As captain, I have to take responsibility for that. Leading an inexperienced group of players is extremely challenging and they deserve a captain who is fully committed to the role."
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson confirmed that an overseas player-captain route was one that the club would explore.
"The question arises about how to replace him (Gidman) as captain," Richardson said.
"We know we need to recruit an overseas signing for next season and one option we shall certainly explore is bringing that player in as our new skipper."