South African all-rounder Zander de Bruyn has signed a one-year contract with Surrey, who will become his third employers in county cricket following spells with Worcestershire and Somerset.
De Bruyn, 35, has helped Somerset to runners-up spots in all three domestic competitions last season as well as the 2009 Twenty20 Cup final, scoring almost 2,500 first-class runs while based at Taunton.
De Bruyn is set to join up with Surrey in April once he finishes his playing commitments with the Highveld Lions and is one year away from qualifying as a British citizen although he will continue to play on a Kolpak contract in 2011.
“The experience of a man like Zander de Bruyn will be utterly invaluable in our dressing room," Professional Cricket Manager at Surrey Chris Adams told the club's official website (www.britoval.com).
"Although I am convinced we have some of the finest young talents in the country in our squad, playing alongside someone with the know how of Zander will be hugely beneficial in all areas.
“Also, with the recent injury to Mark Ramprakash making his situation relatively unclear for the start of next season, it was vital we had an experienced batsman to turn to and provide a steady hand and this gives us exactly that.”
Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown added: “We have a really exciting and very young squad at the moment, so adding someone of the quality and experience of Zander de Bruyn was an absolute must. It’s really exciting to have someone like him coming into the Club and being with us all season.
"His presence will also play a huge part in helping our younger players learn, just by watching someone of his class going about his day to day business."
De Bruyn said: "I'm obviously excited and looking forward to the new challenge at Surrey, especially getting a chance to play regularly at a Test ground with the quality players that they have in the squad.
"I'll work hard to help get Surrey up into the first division where they belong. I get the feeling that 2011 will be a great year for Surrey."
De Bruyn also played three Test matches - two against India and one against England - in 2004 and was capped by Somerset in 2008 having represented Worcestershire in 2005.
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