JOE Clarke is to join Nottinghamshire from Worcestershire on a four-year deal.

The 22-year-old will make his final appearance at New Road in the season finale against Yorkshire from Monday.

Clarke's future has been the subject of fierce speculation, particularly over the past few weeks with his contract set to expire.

Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley said the club “did everything we could” to hold onto the club's leading scorer in the County Championship this year.

However, he has opted to move to Trent Bridge three-and-a-half years after breaking into the senior side.

“We’re disappointed that Joe will be leaving us but I’m very confident that we did everything that we could to retain him," said Rawnsley.

“Joe wondered if we wanted him to play this next game against Yorkshire. My view was that we would always pick our best eleven and want to win matches, and he should be part of that.

"It will give him a chance to sign off in the way he and we want him to, with runs and a win.

“We wish Joe all the very best for the future.

“Our goal as a first-class county is to produce England cricketers and I sincerely hope that Joe goes on to play at the highest level.”