Tom Maynard faces an uncertain future after Glamorgan refused to accept his resignation from the club.
Maynard declared his intention to leave the county in the aftermath of a turbulent close season which has seen them lose captain Jamie Dalrymple, president Peter Walker and Maynard's father Matthew as head coach.
The 21-year-old batsman signed a new contract at the end of the season until 2013, but has now opted to leave.
However, Glamorgan have issued a strongly-worded statement informing the other first-class counties of their contractual claims on the player.
The statement read: "Glamorgan Cricket is both surprised and disappointed to learn of Tom Maynard's decision to resign from his employment with Glamorgan Cricket.
"Over recent weeks, the club's CEO Alan Hamer has contacted all other county CEOs to clarify the club's position and will do so again over the coming days to confirm that the club still holds Tom's resignation and believes that he has unlawfully terminated his contract.
"The club have met with Tom and his advisors on three separate occasions during recent weeks following on from numerous requests from Tom for the club to grant him early release from his newly signed contract extension.
"At all times, the club have consulted with specialist employment lawyers. Based on their advice - which has also been shared with Tom's advisors - the club has always reiterated that Tom Maynard is under contract to Glamorgan Cricket until 30 September 2013.
"Unlike his old contract, his new contract, which was signed in September 2010, does not contain any early release clauses that are linked to his father's continued employment by the club.
"This new contract was reviewed, checked and approved by Matthew Maynard prior to being signed by Tom who did not raise any objections or queries.
"As such, regardless as to how Tom may feel, he cannot, nor will the club allow him to, walk away from his contractual obligations. Nor is he able to enter into discussions with other counties without the club's prior permission."