County news March 13, 2009

Grant Elliott signs for Surrey

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has been signed by Surrey as their overseas player for the first half of the 2009 season.

Elliott, who turns 30 next week, has played three Tests and 20 ODIs since making his international debut in March 2008. He spent last summer playing club cricket for a local Surrey club, Weybridge, alongside Kenyan teenager Seren Waters, who has also agreed terms with the county.

"Grant has proven that he is a top class allrounder at the highest level and having someone of his ability around will definitely strengthen us, especially in one day cricket where we have not been as successful in recent times," said Surrey's cricket manager Chris Adams. "Every competition is important to us and Grant's inclusion will help balance out our squad which will give us additional options when it comes to selection."

"I'm really excited about playing for Surrey," Elliott said. "It'll be a great opportunity for me and I hope I can make a difference and help to win some games during my time there. The club has a great history and after hearing of some of the changes there over the winter, it looks as though it will be an exciting time to be involved. I'm really looking forward to meeting the guys and getting stuck in."