Magoffin signs for Sussex as overseas player

Sussex have ended their long search for an overseas player by signing Australian fast bowler Steve Magoffin.

The 32-year-old will make his debut in the county’s game against reigning champions Lancashire at Liverpool on April 12-15.

Magoffin has experience of English conditions having played for Surrey in 2007 and Worcestershire the following year.

The 6ft 4in Queenslander has an impressive first-class record having taken his 247 wickets at 26.62 while Sussex also regard him as a useful lower-order batsman.

Although Sussex signed Scott Styris for the Friends Life t20 earlier in the year they have had trouble engaging an overseas player for the County Championship.

South African Vernon Philander opted to join Somerset and only a fortnight ago the New Zealand board refused Tim Southee permission to come to Hove.

Sussex coach Mark Robinson said: “It’s been quite problematic at times but we’re delighted to have Steve. He has an excellent record and we think he will compliment our exisiting attack.”

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