Kent have signed Scotland international fast bowler Dewald Nel on a two-year contract days before their 2010 domestic season gets under way.
Nel, 29, previously played for Worcestershire in 2007, and has played 18 One-Day Internationals and ten Twenty20 Internationals for Scotland.
"We are delighted that Dewald has earned a second chance to play county cricket and believe that in the long run this will benefit Scotland," Scotland's head coach Peter Steindl said.
"Dee has worked hard since becoming one of our first full-time contracted players and a sportscotland Institute-supported athlete, and we are pleased this has paid off for him.
"We have been impressed at the open and honest way Paul Farbrace and Kent have approached this deal, and will now look to build a mutually-beneficial relationship which will help Dewald become a major player for Kent and Scotland."
Kent Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace added:
"We are delighted to sign a bowler of Dewald’s quality and experience. He is a credit to Cricket Scotland and the current coaching set-up.
"I am looking forward to Dewald making a telling contribution here at Kent. I am also excited by the close link between our coaching staff and the Scotland performance staff. This could really be to the benefit of all concerned."
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