Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove has signed to play as Glamorgan's overseas player in 2009, returning to the county where he enjoyed prolonged success in 2006.
Cosgrove, who has made three One Day International appearances for Australia, has played 54 first-class matches for South Australia, Glamorgan and Australia A.
“As soon as my managers from Essentially called to say that Glamorgan were interested in having me back I wanted to grab the opportunity with both hands," Cosgrove enthused,
"Not only did I love my time in Cardiff in 2006, I also felt I was playing some of the best cricket I have ever played, and I aim to reproduce that.
"The make up of the Glamorgan side has changed a little since my previous spell, but I’m flattered that my performances stood out enough for Matthew Maynard and Jamie Dalrymple, the new coach and skipper, to want me back. I am determined to score more runs and entertain for as long as Glamorgan want me."
Director of cricket Matthew Maynard added, "I am absolutely thrilled that Mark is joining the team at the start of a really exciting season for Glamorgan. Mark had a successful season for us in 2006 and he’ll be a great addition to the team this year."
Cosgrove smashed 856 first-class runs in 2006, against Derbyshire in Derby. He also scored 345 runs in One Day cricket with Glamorgan in that year.
Cosgrove replaces fellow Australian Jason Gillespie, who played for the county in 2008, except in Twenty20 cricket, when he was replaced by South African opener Herschelle Gibbs.
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