Billy Godleman has put pen to paper in signing a three-year deal for Essex from 2010 to 2012, confirming his exit from Middlesex.
The opening batsman is currently at Essex on a loan deal that was secured last week, enabling him to be available for Essex's NatWest Pro40 fixture against Worcestershire on Sunday, and he has now agreed terms for a permanent deal.
“I am looking forward to my time with Essex," Godleman told Essex's official website (www.essexcricket.org.uk).
"I am keen to get into the side and make some good contributions with the bat; I hope to contribute to winning some games of cricket in all formats. I spent yesterday (Sunday) watching the game against Worcestershire at Colchester, the vibes in the dressing room are good, although it was obviously a disappointing ending. I know most of the players from my time with Middlesex and have been made to feel very welcome by everyone. One of my good friends in the game is Tom Westley, it will be good to link up with him."
Coach Paul Grayson added: “Billy is a player we targeted earlier in the season; he is a player I have known for a few years. He ticks many boxes for us, he is left handed, English and extremely driven and motivated. With the retirement of Jason Gallian, Billy is the ideal replacement. He has clear goals for his career and we hope we can help to achieve them at Essex."
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