CAMERON STEEL has left Durham to join Surrey.

The right-handed batsman will initially join Surrey on loan for the remainder of the 2021 season, before signing a two-year deal for the 2022 and 2023 campaigns.

The 25-year-old made his first-class debut for Durham against Gloucestershire in 2017, and has featured across all formats since.

He made 51 senior appearances for Durham in both red and white ball cricket, scoring 9 half-centuries and 3 centuries during his time in the North-East.

"I’ve had some of the best times of my life playing for Durham and living in the North-East," said Steel. "I’d like to thank the players, the staff and the members for their amazing support over the last five years.

"While I’m sad that it hasn’t worked out at Riverside, I’m extremely excited to begin my journey at Surrey.

"I wish everyone at Durham every success, and I look forward to admiring Lumley Castle and the wonderful members from the away dressing room sometime soon."

Durham director of cricket, Marcus North, added: "We thank Cameron for his commitment to Durham during the past five years.

"Everyone associated with the club wishes Cameron all the best for the future and we wish him well with Surrey."