New Zealand opening batsman Aaron Redmond will replace compatriot Ian Butler as one of Gloucestershire's two overseas players for the remainder of the Friends Provident t20 competition.
Butler has suffered a back injury and 30-year-old Redmond, who has played seven Tests, five One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals, will go straight into Gloucestershire's team to face Hampshire on Friday.
Director of cricket John Bracewell told the club's official website (www.gloscricket.co.uk):
"It's a blow losing Ian because he is capable of winning games with bat or ball, but we are happy to have found a quick replacement in someone with Aaron's ability.
"He is a genuine all-rounder, a very aggressive top order batsman who can score quickly and a player who will also give us an extra bowling option with his more than useful leg-breaks.
"Aaron has an English partner, lives over here in his off-season and holds a British passport, which made it easier for him to get a work permit. The signing is purely for the t20 competition and we are not looking beyond that at this stage.
"Ian has a bulged disc, which is something that has just developed and become sorer and sorer. It had become clear that the recovery period would extend beyond the end of the t20 competition."
Redmond joins fellow New Zealand-capped players James Franklin and Hamish Marshall in the Gladiators' squad.
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