TIM BRESNAN has explained that the need for a “fresh challenge” was one of the reasons for leaving Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The departure of the former England all-rounder was announced by the club on Wednesday afternoon, ending a 19-year association between Bresnan and the White Rose.

Bresnan, 35, was part of the Yorkshire sides which won back-to-back Championship division one titles in 2014 and 2015, having played a total of 198 First-Class matches, 279 List A games and 173 times in Twenty20.

Explaining his reason for leaving the club, Bresnan explained that he felt he needed a new environment and said that he did not want to block the path of the club’s promising youngsters.

Bresnan wrote on Instagram: “After a lot of thought, I informed Martyn Moxon earlier this week that I feel it is the right time for me to step away as a player from Yorkshire CCC.

“I’ve made the decision to step away now for two reasons.

“Firstly, so that I can concentrate on the next chapter of my career.

“I feel fit, have been training hard and feel that I need a fresh challenge and environment as a player so coming to this decision early will make this very clear.

“I have interests in coaching and media that I’d like to look at in the future but, for now, I still have more to give on the field.

“Also, I am conscious that I do not want to block the path of the young all- rounders at Headingley.

“I benefitted from early exposure at first team level and I feel it is right that they should get this chance if cricket resumes later in the year.

“At international level, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in a successful period for the England team.

“Ashes wins, a series win in India and a World Cup victory are among my treasured memories.

“Those that know me understand that as proud as I am to have done this at the highest level, I am about more than that.

“I am and always will be a proud Yorkshireman and representing the White Rose is something that I have cherished.

“From my debut at Northampton, to receiving my County Cap in 2006 and to the Championship titles, I can name obvious highlights.

“The best thing for me though has been the ability as a young player to mix and learn from my heroes, to grow as a person and a player with my mates and to share the private moments after wins with them in the dressing room.

“As a senior player, I hope that the younger lads saw the pride I had in representing the club and I hope they will pass that same pride on to the next generation.

“As well as my team mates, I’d like to thank all the coaches and staff who have helped me at Headingley over the years.

“The greatest thank you though is reserved to the Yorkshire public.

“Thanks for the passion you show towards the team, thanks for expecting high standards and thanks for the support you have always given to me.”

Reacting to the news, former Yorkshire all-rounder and bowling coach Richard Pyrah tweeted: “I don’t think I can put into words Tim Bresnan’s time at Yorkshire CCC. I’m just going to say (he’s) a Yorkshire legend!

“Over the last 19 years I have played with a legend, coached a legend and gained a best friend who’s a legend.

“You should be proud of everything mate and it’s not done yet.”