County news May 5, 2008

Collymore replaces Harris at Sussex

Cricinfo staff

Corey Collymore picked up 11 wickets for West Indies during their tour of England last year © Getty Images

Corey Collymore, the West Indies fast bowler, has signed for Sussex as a Kolpak on a one-year contract.

Collymore replaces Ryan Harris, the Australia allrounder, who was embroiled in a contractual farce last month. He originally joined the club as a Kolpak but, during Sussex's first match of the season against Hampshire, Harris signed a three-year deal with Queensland. Although he holds a British passport, ECB regulations stipulate that players cannot perform in another country as a local, and Harris was forced to abandon his county contract.

"Obviously with the departure of Ryan Harris, we have been keen to bring in a new bowler," Mark Robinson, Sussex's cricket manager, said. "With his international experience and excellent work ethic, Corey fits the bill perfectly."

"The call from Sussex the other day was a very welcome one," Collymore said. "I've been itching to come over and play county cricket and to be picked by the champions has filled me with confidence. I'm ready to give it my all and can't wait to get started."