Leicestershire have signed former South Africa batsman Martin van Jaarsveld from Kent on a two-year contract with the option of an extension for a third year.
Van Jaarsveld had a year remaining on his contract at Canterbury but Kent were happy to allow him to move on to free up cash for new recruits.
Leicestershire hope that the 37-year-old will a gap in their batting order that they have struggled to fill since HD Ackerman returned to South Africa two years ago.
Van Jaarsveld first played for Northamptonshire as an overseas player in 2004 and then joined Kent as a Kolpak player in 2005 when he ended an international career that brought nine Test caps and eleven one-day international appearances.
Van Jaarsveld has scored heavily and consistently for Kent with this year being the only one of his seven seasons with the county that he failed to reach 1,000 first-class runs.
He was linked with a move to Lancashire last year when Kent’s financial position appeared particularly precarious but he remained at Canterbury as vice-captain, a job he gave up towards the end of the season.
Leicestershire were keen to recruit a senior batsman to stabilise a top order that collapsed regularly and embarrassingly this year, particularly as Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald will be prevented from returning to Grace Road because of visa complications.