Somerset Sign Gloucestershire Seamer Steve Kirby
Somerset have signed seam bowler Steve Kirby on a three-year contract after he was released from the final two years of his contract with Gloucestershire.
Kirby, 32, had his contract cancelled after revealing he wished to push for England honours and to do so he wanted to play in the top division of the County Championship.
Somerset are stil in contention for the overall title and reached the finals of both the CB40 and FP t20 competitions this year.
"I have made it clear for some time that we needed to strengthen our seam bowling unit and Steve will give us a bit of extra pace," Director of Cricket Brian Rose told the club's website (www.somersetcountycc.co.uk).
"That is a real advantage when you are trying to bowl out tail-enders at a place like Taunton and he has the sort of character too to get among later order batsmen.
"He is still ambitious to play for England, which means he will be giving it everything next season, and he has always been a very spirited cricketer.
"The deal was done very quickly. As soon as we heard he was leaving Gloucestershire we went in for him and I pleased to say we soon reached agreement."
Kirby added: "Somerset are putting together the nucleus of a side who can be contenders in all forms of cricket and I am looking forward to competing for a place because competition is what sport is all about for me.
"The club has a great infrastructure as well as a very good team. I can assure their supporters that I have plenty of fire left in my belly and I'm looking forward to the challenge of bowling at Taunton.
"The pitches there are clearly a bit more bowler-friendly than they used to be so perhaps my timing is good!
"I am still very ambitious to play for England and I feel I must be playing in the First Division of the County Championship to achieve that objective.
"I'll be running in and giving it everything for Somerset next summer and if I take wickets in the First Division I hope the right people will take notice."
And Kirby may not be the only Gloucestershire man moving to Taunton, as Rose has put in 28 days of notice to approach pacer Gemal Hussain, as well as Nottinghamshire's Charlie Shreck.
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