Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard
23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013
23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013
Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.
The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.
Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.
Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex
'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.
'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.
'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'
Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station