YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club have announced the signing of Matthew Milnes on a three-year contract ahead of the 2023 season.

The seamer, who turns 28 today, will join up with his new teammates at Headingley in November.

Having started his career at Nottinghamshire, Milnes joined Kent ahead of the 2019 season and has taken 140 First-Class wickets with a best of nine for 77, alongside 59 wickets in white-ball cricket.

Speaking to Yorkshire after his arrival, Milnes said: “I have had four happy and successful seasons with Kent, and I will always be grateful to Paul Downton, Matt Walker and my teammates for their support over the years.

“It was a tough decision, but this feels like the right time to embrace a new challenge.

“I am excited by the prospect of joining Yorkshire and working with Ottis and his coaching staff. Hopefully, this will help me improve and push on to higher levels.”

Yorkshire’s Interim Managing Director of Cricket Darren Gough said: “We are delighted to have signed a top-quality player in Matthew Milnes.

“He’s a very skilful fast bowler who will add some great competition to the group of seamers that we have here at Yorkshire. He’s shown what he can do with a red ball, and we are confident he will be a force within our Championship side, as well as offering another great option to our white-ball teams.

“We have seen this year the importance of having a good group of fast bowlers, with the schedule meaning rest and rotation is required for them at times to keep everyone as fresh as possible and avoid injuries.

“We are really excited to be welcoming Matt who will I’m sure will enjoy a long and successful Yorkshire career.”