Warwickshire have completed the signing of former Essex seam bowler Chris Wright on a three-year contract.
The 26-year-old spent a successful spell on loan at Edgbaston at the end of last season after Essex decided that Wright would not be offered a new contract.
Wright was recommended to Warwickshire by their bowling coach Graeme Welch, who had worked with him at Essex, and it proved to be a move that resurrected his career.
Wright took 22 wickets in Warwickshire’s last four County Championship including five-wicket hauls in the victories over Yorkshire at Headingley on debut and Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.
Other counties were interested in signing Wright, including Gloucestershire, but he has now committed himself to Warwickshire until the end of the 2014 season.
Wright is Warwickshire’s first new recruit for next season and his arrival at Edgbaston on a permanent basis should help to compensate for their failure to land four more targets in Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew, Northamptonshire paceman Jack Brooks, Durham’s former England all-rounder Liam Plunkett and Lancashire slow left-armer Gary Keedy.
All four were the subject of formal 28-day approaches from Warwickshire but opted to stay with their existing counties on new contracts.
Warwickshire are in the hunt to sign England one-day international batsman James Taylor, who has been given permission by Leicestershire to speak to other counties, but they face strong competition from Nottinghamshire.
Taylor has a year remaining on his contract at Grace Road and Leicestershire are expected to seek a compensation payment from whichever county he decides to join.