County news November 23, 2009

Sussex sign James Anyon

Cricinfo staff

Sussex have signed James Anyon, the 26-year-old paceman, on a two-year contract. He was released by Warwickshire at the end of the 2009 season, in which he only played three first-class games for the club.

Anyon took 26 championship wickets in seven games in 2008 but sustained a foot injury from which he spent most of last season recovering from. He had a brief spell with Surrey on loan, but failed to impress enough to secure an offer.

Now fully fit, Anyon is keen to reignite his career with the switch to Sussex. "I'm very excited about the move to Hove. Tim Ambrose and Stefan Piolet were both with Sussex and they had nothing but good things to say about the club, although I already knew how well run it was. I just want to settle down, bowl lots of overs and get back to the form I showed two or three years ago. It is time to start again."

Sussex recently signed Monty Panesar and believe that Anyon can also help them rebuild for next season after disappointing in 2009. Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach, said: "James has always performed very well against us, which is always a factor when you look to sign a new player. He's at a great age and is hungry and looking for a fresh start.