Scott Newman, the Middlesex and former Surrey batsman, has agreed to join Kent on a two-month loan spell in April and May.
The 32-year-old left-hander has been one of the more mercurial talents in the county game, despite a solid-looking first-class average of 38.77 and 8,415 first-class runs over ten seasons.
Newman has scored 16 first-class hundreds and has also shone brightly at times in limited-overs cricket where his range and power of strokeplay makes him – when in the mood – a hard man to bowl at, and especially in the powerplay overs.
Throughout his career, however, he has frustrated a succession of coaches and captains both in terms of his inconsistency with the bat and with his reputation as a poor fielder.
Middlesex, who have signed Kent’s Joe Denly during the winter months and have emerging talents at the top of the order in 22-year-old Sam Robson and Irishman Paul Stirling, now seem happy for Newman – who joined them in 2009 after eight years at his native Surrey – to explore other options.
He said: “I am really pleased to be joining Kent for the opening months of the season. I look forward to hopefully playing regular first team cricket and contributing to a successful start to 2012 for the club.”
Newman, who scored 614 runs at an average of 30.7 in his 12 Championship starts last summer, is in the final season of a three-year deal at Lord’s, but has made it clear that he still believes his future and allegiances remain with Middlesex.
Kent’s new head coach Jimmy Adams added: “We are really pleased that the agreement for the loan has been reached with Middlesex and we now hope that Scott will do very well for Kent. He will join us for pre-season when the squad returns from Antigua and will remain with the squad for the whole of April and May.”