WORCESTERSHIRE all-rounder George Rhodes has joined Leicestershire on loan for the rest of the season ahead of his permanent move.

Rhodes, 25, will be eligible to play Specsavers County Championship and second XI cricket only for the Foxes.

He will not be permitted to play any Vitality Blast matches for Leicestershire.

Worcestershire have the option to recall Birmingham-born Rhodes, who plays club cricket for Barnards Green in Malvern, for the final stages of the Blast if required.

Rhodes, the son of former County boss and wicketkeeper Steve, will leave Blackfinch New Road and join Leicestershire at the end of this season on a permanent basis on a three-year contract.

This season he has played three Royal London One-Day Cup, three Championship and two Vitality Blast matches for Worcestershire.

Former County bowler and coach Matt Mason is the head bowling coach at Leicestershire.

Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said: “It is great news that we are able to have George available to us in September around his Vitality Blast commitments at Blackfinch New Road.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Worcestershire for their assistance with allowing George to link up with us early.”