County news May 1, 2008

Surrey hand fit-again Ormond one-year deal

Cricinfo staff

James Ormond has signed a one-year contract with Surrey after proving his fitness to the county.

Ormond, who has been dogged by injuries and questions over his general fitness, was out of contract at the end of 2007 but the county agreed he could return for pre-season on the understanding that if he proved his fitness in the early matches, he would be offered a new deal.

"I am very pleased that Jimmy has worked so hard to turn his career around," said Alan Butcher, the Surrey coach. "He is looking like the bowler he was three years ago before his injury problems, which is great news for the club."

"I am obviously really pleased to get a contract after putting in a lot of hard work during the winter," Ormond said. "I'd also like to thank our backroom staff for their efforts in getting me fit and ready for another season."

Ormond, 31, played twice for England in 2001 but he looked far from fit when he reported for duty at the start of the 2001-02 tour of New Zealand and that in effect seemed to finish his international chances. His county career appeared to be heading the same way after he played only 11 first-class games in 2006 and 2007, taking 18 wickets,

His fitness problems were well documented but when he is on form he can still be one of the most penetrative bowlers on the county circuit.