Chris Nash has signed for Nottinghamshire after begin released from his contract by Sussex last week. The 34-year-old has agreed a three-year deal to play at Trent Bridge.
Nash's departure at Sussex was followed by that of the head coach, Mark Davis, after a difficult season in which the south-coast county failed to achieve promotion. Nash will be playing in Division One next year, however, with Notts bouncing back after relegation in 2016. The club also won the Royal London Cup and NatWest Blast.
The veteran batsman, who can also bowl useful offspin, will be reunited with former Sussex coach Peter Moores, who took over at Notts a year ago. Nash's arrival will help offset the loss of Michael Lumb, who retired through injury midway through the season.
"Once Notts came in after I'd had my request for release granted by Sussex - with my former coach Peter Moores here, at such a great ground and with what the club achieved last season - it was an easy decision for me," Nash said.
"It's great to get the chance to work again with Peter, who gave me my first contract at Sussex, and I'm really looking forward to the next three years. To look out over Trent Bridge and realise that it's going to be my home ground is pretty special.
"It's going to be amazing to be part of helping the club defend their two white ball trophies in front of big crowds. The Outlaws were sensational last season in white-ball cricket and I'm looking forward to joining in with that."
Nash had a stop-start campaign in 2017, averaging 27.52 and scoring just a single Championship hundred after moving down to bat in the middle order. His tally of 578 first-class runs was his worst since 2006 but he is vastly experienced and passed 1000 runs four times between 2009 and 2016, usually as an opener.
He was also Sussex's leading run-scorer in the Blast last season but, having been overlooked for the captaincy, asked to leave - a request which was granted as Rob Andrew, the chief executive, decided rebuilding was in order at Hove.
Nottinghamshire have also been active in recruiting. They missed out on England opener Keaton Jennings, who opted to join Lancashire, but did sign Paul Coughlin, another highly rated Durham prospect. With the retirement of captain Chris Read, Moores was pleased to bring in another senior player in Nash.
Moores said: "You don't expect a player to suddenly become available who's such a good fit for us. It's really exciting to have Chris join us, and I know he's excited to come here too.
"We were in the market for a senior batsman and he plays across all three formats with a good record in four-day cricket, as well as in T20 and 50-over cricket. Chris also adds some significant experience to the squad. Trent Bridge is a great place for him to showcase his skills and I think he will enjoy it."