Dominic Cork: 37-years-old and still brimming with enthusiasm © Getty Images

Hampshire have signed Dominic Cork, the former England fast bowler who left Lancashire in August, on a two-year contract.

Cork joined Lancashire in 2003 but the club didn't offer him a new contract after this season, as they aimed to promote younger players. However, the decision was criticised by two of Lancashire's biggest names - their captain, Stuart Law, and Andrew Flintoff. "The best thing that could happen is for someone to turn around and tell him we've made a mistake and keep him at Lancashire," Flintoff said, while a disappointed Law noted that "very few players can do what he does on a cricket field".

Cork, irrepressible as ever, refused to slink quietly into retirement - even vowing to "haunt" Lancashire - and now he has his chance at The Rose Bowl.

"I am delighted to be joining a club with so much ambition for its team and its stadium and will be doing everything in my power to help them achieve major honours in all forms of the game," Cork said. "I'd like to thank Hampshire for giving me this great new opportunity and I can't wait to get started."

Hampshire's chairman, Rod Bransgrove, labelled their new signing as "fantastic news."

"We finished this season very strongly but it is important that we hit the ground running next season if we want to realise our ambition of winning multiple silverware," he said. "'Corky' will help us to do that by adding a wealth of experience, passion and not a little skill with both bat and ball.

"His boundless energy and enthusiasm mean that the dressing room will never be the same again and we are all looking forward to welcoming Dominic and his family to The Rose Bowl next year."

Hampshire become Cork's third club since he made his debut for Derbyshire in 1990. In 37 Tests he took 131 wickets at 29.81.