Mark Davies, the Durham and England Lions seamer, has signed a contract to join Kent after impressing on a short trial with the club.
Davies, 31, has been released by Durham after ten seasons with his native county in a career that has promised much but has too often been interrupted by injury. He travelled to Antigua for Kent’s pre-season training trip and did enough to earn himself a more permanent, one-year deal.
His arrival at Canterbury follows the winter signings of fast bowler Charlie Shreck, from Nottinghamshire, batsman Michael Powell, from Glamorgan, and Ben Harmison, also from Durham. Additionally, Kent earlier this month announced they had signed the Australian-born former West Indies batsman Brendan Nash as overseas player for the 2012 season.
Davies took 253 first-class wickets at the low average of 22.63 during his time at Durham, but injury has meant he has only played 83 first-class games in a decade. He toured New Zealand with the England Lions in 2008-09.
Kent’s new head coach Jimmy Adams said: “We are very happy to announce that Mark Davies will be joining the club soon after Brendan Nash’s signing. They both arrive as experienced players who will undoubtedly add tremendous value to Kent cricket.”
Davies added: “I’m really excited to be playing cricket again, and thrilled to have signed my contract with Kent. I hope both myself and the team will find success in all forms of the game this season.”