Matthew Nicholson heads to Northants
Nicholson said he can't wait for the challenge: "I'm really pumped about getting a full time contract with Northamptonshire. There have been a fair few enquiries over the years from counties but I feel now is the right time to commit to a full season in England. I'm looking forward to working with Kepler Wessels and all the guys in making 2006 a successful year for Northants."
The Northants chief executive, Mark Tagg, added: "We were disappointed to initially learn of the injury of Damien Wright who was tremendous for us last season taking 53 Championship wickets and 33 one-day wickets. Damien was a top guy off the field as well as on and will be missed by all at the club and his many supporters.
"We believe that in Nicholson we have a more than able replacement who is capable with both bat and ball and will be a key member of the team as we continue to move forward."