Somerset have released Ireland international left-arm spinner George Dockrell.

23 year-old Dockrell joined the club at 15 and made his Championship debut for Somerset in 2011.

On the club website, Matt Maynarad said: "It is always tough to release young players. "But ultimately we do have to make the types of judgments that are in their long-term interests, as well as the club's.

"In the cases of Adam, George and James, that task is made all the more difficult because they are outstanding young men. I am sure all of them will have a promising future in whatever direction life takes them."

Irish international Dockrell was loaned earlier this year to Sussex but only played one match.

He said: "I first came over to Somerset when I was 15 years old. Since then I have enjoyed all of the time that I have been involved with the club.

"I would like to thank Brian Rose for signing me in the first place and giving me the opportunity to play for the county where I have felt so at home."

It is unknown at this time whether he will look for another county or return to Dublin to continue his studies at Trinity, while playing domestically.