Northamptonshire have completed the signing of Scotland international batsman Kyle Coetzer from Durham on a two-year contract.
Coetzer has spent the past three weeks on loan at Wantage Road, having been told by Durham that he was free to speak to other counties.
He has impressed sufficiently in that time, including making a second innings 50 in last week’s County Championship defeat by Surrey, to be offered a permanent deal with Northamptonshire.
“We have witnessed at first hand what Kyle can do with the bat for and against us. He’s a good fielder too and his work ethic is at a high level. I think Kyle will prove to be is a very good addition to our squad,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.
Coetzer 27, made his Durham debut in 2004 and made his career-best score of 172 for them against the MCC in Abu Dhabi at the start of last season. But he has struggled to break into their first team this year and has spent most of the second half of the season playing Clydesdale Bank 40 cricket for Scotland.
“I’m delighted to have signed with Northants and I’m looking forward to working alongside David and the rest of the staff here,” Coetzer said.
“I have been made to feel very welcome and I hope together we can push forward during this new phase of my career, and help Northants to achieve their ambitions.”