Glamorgan have signed former Surrey batsman Stewart Walters on a two-year deal. Walters played for Surrey from 2006 to 2010 and captained the club in late 2009 although he has only figured in 34 first-class matches in five seasons at The Oval.
But with Glamorgan losing former captain Jamie Dalrymple, who resigned in November, and Tom Maynard, who has joined Surrey, the Welsh county needed to fill a void in their top five.
“I appreciate Glamorgan giving me this second chance to play county cricket and look forward to working with the new captain, Alviro Petersen, and coach, Matthew Mott,” Walters said. “I always enjoyed the atmosphere when playing in Wales and believe the squad is close to winning trophies in the near future.”
Mott said: “With Stewart’s signature, the squad for 2011 is now complete. Along with the new captain (Petersen), we have, in effect, two new bowlers in (Graham) Wagg and (Adam) Shantry and now two new batsmen in (Michael) O’Shea and Walters.
“There is also an opportunity for existing players who played little last year to make their mark, as well as the younger players, who are now another year older and wiser, to push through.
“I continue to be in touch on a regular basis with the cricketing staff and am looking forward to joining up with the players as soon as my commitments in Australia are complete.”
Glamorgan’s managing director of cricket, Colin Metson, added: “We are delighted Stewart has joined Glamorgan. He is a talented and experienced cricketer, who can achieve his undoubted potential here in Wales.
“He comes highly recommended from a number of strong sources. He will strengthen the batting in both formats of the game and add to both the fielding unit and professionalism at the club.”