Batsman Ed Joyce has joined Sussex and signed a three-year deal after leaving Middlesex earlier this week.
The left-hander, who has represented both Ireland and England at international level, averages 44.87 in first-class cricket and has a highest score of 211.
“It’s my first move and I’ve put a lot of thought in to it, having had many chats with my wife," Joyce said. "It hasn’t been an easy decision for me, but I believe it’s the right move.
“The work ethic of the club, along with their recent successes, have appealed to me for a while now and I’m hoping that these values and achievements will have a positive effect on my cricket. I’ll be looking to put in some major performances and establish myself at the highest level.
“I’m very excited about the move and am looking forward to helping Sussex continue to be a dominant force is county cricket.”
The move brings an end to a 10-year association with Middlesex and is one which Sussex captain Michael Yardy believes will benefit the 2003, 2006 and 2007 County Champions.
“Ed’s a fantastic signing for the club," he said. Statistically, he is one of the best batsmen in England. His experience and character will be a excellent addition to the club.”
Mark Robinson, Professional Cricket Manager, added: “Ed is a player that we have admired for a long time. He has character, ability and stands for everything that is good in the game, so I know he will fit in well here. He will form part of a new generation at Hove, who are determined to continue the club’s recent success.”
Jim May, Sussex CCC Chairman, commented: “I am delighted that Ed has decided to join us, which is a great vote of confidence in the club. Equally, the signing of such a talented cricketer shows that Sussex are determined to remain a major force in English cricket.”
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