Ryan Sidebottom has signed a three-year contract with Yorkshire - the county with which he began his career - having left Nottinghamshire in the close season.
Sidebottom, 32, played for Yorkshire between 1997 and 2004 before moving to Trent Bridge, where he picked up two County Championship medals, in addition to one gained with Yorkshire in 2001.
His move to Nottinghamshire also saw him an earn an England recall having first been selected in 2001, and he went on to play 22 Tests, 25 One-Day Internationals and 18 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, including the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 final success against Australia.
Following his decision to leave Nottinghamshire, which came about through the champion county's reluctance to offer the left-arm fast bowler a three-year contract, Sidebottom announced his retirement from international cricket.
He now looks set to end his county career back at the county where it all started, both for him and his father Arnie.
He said: “I have enjoyed my time at Trent Bridge and with England enormously, but I’m a Yorkshire lad and the opportunity to return to Headingley Carnegie to end my career was something I couldn’t ignore. The Yorkshire side has some real quality and under Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale made real strides forward. I want to give the county everything I can over the next three years and if we can reward the Yorkshire public with a trophy or two that would be fantastic.”
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Professional Cricket, added: “I am delighted that Ryan has chosen Yorkshire ahead of many other interested counties. I think that proves Ryan’s Yorkshire pride in that he wants to return to Headingley Carnegie in 2011 and add his experience and talent to our bowling attack. He provides us with proven consistency and wicket-taking ability at county level and will provide Andrew Gale with a senior bowler of real quality to turn to next season.”
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