Somerset have confirmed that they have signed Nick Compton on a long-term contract following the batsman's exit from Middlesex.
Compton, 26, opted to take up an option in his contract at Lord's which allowed him to leave and he has moved to Taunton after expressing a desire for a fresh challenge.
Director of Cricket at Somerset Brian Rose told the club's website (somersetcountycc.co.uk): "Nick is a player we view as having the ability to bat in our top three and be with us for many years. With Justin Langer leaving, we needed to strengthen our batting options.
"In 2006 Nick had an excellent season scoring six hundreds in Division One of the County Championship and went on the England A tour so we think he can be a great asset to our batting line-up."
"This summer he had a very strong season, particularly in one-day cricket, and he was also solid in the Championship. He will join our crop of talented young players such as Jos Buttler and Chris Jones."
"He has mainly opened in his career, but he could bat at three or Arul Suppiah could drop down. That is an issue for our new captain Marcus Trescothick, who rates Nick highly."
Captain Marcus Trescothick added somersetcountycc.co.uk: "I am delighted with the signing of Nick Compton, who is a good player in four-day and one-day cricket.
"After a hugely promising start to his career, he encountered the problems a lot of batsmen, including myself, have gone through as bowlers start to work you out. But he seems to have come through that period now and I believe he will be a big asset."
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