Somerset Country Cricket Club can today confirm that we have finalised the process that will see Vernon Philander join the Club in early April.
It was widely reported late last year that the South African would be joining the County, but the official paperwork required to complete the deal has now been finalised with the ECB.
The 34-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will be available to play in all formats of the game.
During his outstanding international career, which came to a conclusion following the recent Test series against England, Vernon represented the Proteas on 101 occasions across all formats, taking 269 wickets and scoring over 1940 runs.
The all-rounder had a previous spell with the Club in 2012, during which he claimed 23 wickets in his five matches at an average of 21.43 with a best of five for 43 against Middlesex.
When it was announced in December that Somerset had agreed personal terms with the player, Somerset Director for Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Vernon is undoubtedly a genuinely world class performer and we are delighted to have agreed terms with such a talented player.
“When the possibility of signing him presented itself, and considering the challenges that we feel lie ahead of us with regards to achieving our aspirations, we felt that it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“To put it simply, he is one of the very best bowlers in the game and he would add quality to any team in the world. His experience and knowledge of the game will also be of huge benefit to our bowling group, especially the young players looking to break in to the First XI.
“When we consider the development that a number of our senior bowlers have made in recent years, and the number of those bowlers who are now playing international cricket or on the cusp of playing International cricket, it is vital for us as a Club to ensure that we have the quality and depth in our squad to fulfil our aims of winning silverware in all three formats.
“The addition of Vernon to our bowling unit will enable us to continue to manage the workloads of all of our quality seamers through the demands of a full and demanding season even more effectively.”
Vernon Philander said: “I’m really pleased to have agreed personal terms with Somerset. It’s a great Club and I really enjoyed my time there a few years ago.
“I know that they won the 50-over cup last year and came close in the Championship and hopefully I’ll be able to help the Club to another successful year in 2020.”
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