Glamorgan legend Michael Hogan has announced he will retire from the game after his Testimonial Year in 2022.
The veteran seam bowler was initially granted a Testimonial at the club in 2020 but it was postponed twice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2022, Glamorgan members and supporters will finally be able to celebrate and honour his incredible career as he enters his final season with the Welsh county.
Since arriving from Australia in 2012, Hogan has been the mainstay of the club’s seam bowling attack.
He has made 248 appearances for the Welsh county across all formats, taking 589 wickets and earlier this year he became only the 22nd Glamorgan bowler to take over 400 first-class wickets for the club.
In 2017 he took career-best first-class match figures of 10/87 against Kent at Canterbury, while his best first-class bowling figures in an innings came in 2013 when he took 7/92 against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Hogan was named as Glamorgan’s Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded his Glamorgan cap in 2013.
He was also appointed as Club captain in 2018 and led from the front in the County Championship that year with 45 wickets.
This summer, at the age of 40, he finally picked up his first silverware with the club, aptly taking the last wicket in the final at Trent Bridge against Durham to secure the Royal London Cup.
“I am extremely grateful to the club for postponing my Testimonial and allowing me to hold it next year,” said Hogan.
“It’s been a difficult couple of years on and off the pitch but winning the Royal London Cup made it all worthwhile. The atmosphere at Trent Bridge was truly incredible and the support we received and the scenes at the end will always live with me.
“I’d like to thank the Club and our members for being incredibly welcoming to my family and I over the last ten years.
“Wales has felt like home and I’m looking forward to enjoying another successful season at this great Club next year before I hang up my boots for good.
“I’m 40 now and need to spend more time with my young family, while it’s probably the right time for Glamorgan to look to the future and start moving in a different direction.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky with the longevity of my career, but time moves on and hopefully someone can come in and take my place.”
Chief Executive, Hugh Morris, said: “After what must be a frustrating couple of years for Hoges, we’re delighted he will finally be able to hold his Testimonial next year.
“He’s led our attack for nearly ten years and been a firm fan favourite amongst our members and supporters and will go down as one of the best players in our history and a true Glamorgan legend.
“Hoges richly deserves this honour, and we can’t wait for members and supporters to get behind him in 2022 and show just how important he has been to this Club.
“He is a great player and a great person and will be sorely missed by everyone at Glamorgan when he departs at the end of next year.”
Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, added: “The Testimonial has been a long time coming for Michael and it’s hugely deserved after years of incredible service at Glamorgan. Hopefully it will be well supported by everyone in Wales and beyond that.
“Though we knew this day would eventually come, it is bittersweet because he’s been such a good player for us and is so influential, but he certainly deserves to go out on his own terms.
“He’s been fantastic for Glamorgan and would probably take a position in our greatest ever side and that shows just how good he’s been since arriving from Australia.
“He’s got a year left with us and knowing Michael he’d like to go out on a high and no doubt there are plenty more wickets left in him before he goes riding off into the sunset.”
The full schedule of events for Michael Hogan's Testimonial will be announced when the 2022 fixtures are released in January.
Members and supporters will be able to keep up to date with the latest Testimonial information on the Glamorgan website or via - www.hoges2022.co.uk - which will be live soon.
Special commemorative brochure will also be available from January and anyone interested in brochure advertising can contact editor in chief, Mike Fatkin on Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org