Garnett Kruger, the South Africa fast bowler, has been released from his contract with Lions due to family reasons.

Kruger approached both the franchise's CEO Alan Kourie and coach Dave Nosworthy towards the end of last season with one or two family issues. All agreed to release Kruger from his contract to return to Port Elizabeth.

"This is a big loss for us but, understandably, Garnett has put his family first and we are more than willing to understand his circumstances," Nosworthy said. "The team and I will not only miss Garnie on the field as an outstanding performer, but also his real character in the change room behind closed doors."

"It was a pleasure working with Garnett and a privilege having him as part of the team," Kourie said. "His professional approach, attitude and knowledge that he passed on is immeasurable."

Garnett is currently playing for Gloucestershire in county cricket and will be available for all the competitions, before returning to South Africa towards the end of September to take part in the Warriors' domestic campaign. "I am very happy to be returning to my home town and am looking forward to playing for the Warriors," Kruger said. "I have wanted to return for a while and hope that I will contribute to the success of the team."

Meanwhile, Warriors have also signed on former South African and Eagles spinner Nicky Boje. The 36-year-old has also been in action in the county circuit with Northamptonshire, and together with Griquas bowler Reece Williams will be among the other prized additions to the Warriors squad this season.

Dave Emslie, the Warriors chief executive, was excited with the three new signings. "We are delighted to welcome the new signings to the Eastern Cape," Emslie said. "Experienced players like Garnett and Nicky will add to the depth and experience of the team whilst Reece is at the start of what promises to be an exciting career."