Northamptonshire have secured outside funding to help them strengthen their squad with the signing of South African left-arm spinner Con de Lange.
De Lange, 31, is a UK resident as he lives in Scotland and will play county cricket for the first time as a domestic-qualified player.
But Northamptonshire have had to attract sponsorship to pay for De Lange. Despite making a profit of £22,000 last year, Northamptonshire expect this year to be more challenging and new chief executive David Smith has already cancelled a proposed pre-season tour to South Africa as a cost-cutting measure.
“The club has been very fortunate to have had some external benefactors in Northamptonshire assisting us in making this signing possible,” said Smith.
“At 31 years of age, Con will bring valuable experience to our squad and help us to be competitive in all forms of the game.”
Northamptonshire have been looking for a left-arm spinner since England’s Monty Panesar joined Sussex two years ago.
Tom Brett was tried with limited success before being released at the end of last season but de Lange, who has played first-class cricket in South Africa for the Cape Cobras, the Eagles and Boland, will form an experienced spin partnership with off-spinner James Middlebrook.
“We have considered many candidates throughout the past 12 months and I am pleased that we a signed a player of Con’s quality, who will further strengthen the spin bowling department. I’m sure he will prove to be a great addition to the team,” said Northamptonshire head coach David Capel.