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Veteran left-arm spin bowler Gary Keedy swaps Lancashire for Surrey

Gary Keedy: Moving on after 18 seasons at Lancashire

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Surrey have signed veteran left-arm spin bowler Gary Keedy from Lancashire, ending his 18-year association with the county.

The 37-year-old, who made over 400 appearances for Lancashire and claimed more than 800 wickets in all competitions, has signed a two-year contract with Surrey that ties him to the Kia Oval until the end of the 2015 season.

Keedy said: "I have had a fantastic 18 seasons at Lancashire and would like to thank all the players, staff and members there for everything they have done for me.

"I have reached the time in my career when I need to move on in order to fulfil my ambitions and I am very excited to be joining Surrey at this time."

Gary Keedy

"However, I have reached the time in my career when I need to move on in order to fulfil my ambitions and I am very excited to be joining Surrey at this time.

"They are a great club with a long history and an exciting future and I am really looking to playing my part over the next few seasons."

Surrey team director Chris Adams said: "Gary Keedy has been one of the leading bowlers in county cricket for over a decade and I am delighted he will be joining us for the next two seasons.

"As well as his fantastic ability with the ball, he will play a valuable role in the dressing room throughout the year - helping to impart his experience to the younger members of our squad."