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The Scotland international took 37 wickets in 13 first-class matches for Sussex. He will be a welcome addition at Gloucestershire, who have lost Liam Norwell and Craig Miles to Warwickshire ahead of the 2019 campaign
The speedy 24-year-old seamer has struggled for first-team opportunities at Hove and moves to Bristol in search of regular gametime.
The Scotland international took 37 wickets in 13 first-class matches for Sussex. He will be a welcome addition at Gloucestershire, who have lost Liam Norwell and Craig Miles to Warwickshire ahead of the 2019 campaign.
“It’s been an honour to represent Sussex and has always been my proudest achievement,” Whittingham said.
Stuart Whittingham is leaving Sussex for Gloucestershire
“However, with first-team opportunities uncertain over the next season, I feel that I’m at an age where I need to be challenging to play as much first-team cricket as possible.
“The opportunity to do this with Gloucestershire was too good to turn down and provides me with a new and exciting challenge to carry on my cricketing development.
“I feel very fortunate to have represented such a great club and will look back fondly on my time here at Sussex.
“I would like to thank the club, all the staff and players for making my time at the club so enjoyable. I wish them all the best for the future.”
Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield said: “Stu is a talented cricketer but with the fast bowlers we currently have here at Sussex, first-team opportunities might have continued to be limited in the coming seasons.
“With Stu’s best interests in mind, we’ve agreed to release him with a year remaining on his contract to give him the best opportunity to further his career.
“We’ve known Stu since he first arrived at the club as a 10-year-old, so it will be sad to see him move on, but we wish him all the best at Gloucestershire and look forward to welcoming him back to the ground in the years to come.”