James Franklin is determined to help turn Middlesex into a domestic force after ending his international career to move to Lord's.
The New Zealander, who made 179 appearances for the Black Caps in all forms of the game, qualifies as a non-overseas player due to his Irish ancestry and will play in the County Championship, 50 over and 20 over competitions.
And the 34-year-old is keen to help turn Middlesex from a side battling relegation into a side that battles for silverware.
Franklin said: “I’m really looking forward to playing for Middlesex, working with Angus Fraser and the rest of the coaching staff and being in a dressing room full of talented cricketers who will be wanting to help Middlesex win silverware and be a dominant force in county cricket in all formats.”
“Whilst I’m very honoured to be joining Middlesex for the next few years, I want to first take my cap off to Wellington for whom I’ve had a hugely enjoyable and memorable career in New Zealand. It’s been an absolute privilege to play for Wellington for over 15 years.
“And although this decision closes the chapter on playing for New Zealand again I know I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have spent over a decade being involved playing international cricket, and have had some of my greatest memories and experiences in cricket playing with the Silver Fern on my cap.”
Angus Fraser is hopeful that Franklin's experience will be a benefit on an off the field after the departure of Chris Rogers.
Australian Adam Voges replaces the popular opener as captain and the Director of Cricket is delighted to have a consistent performer on the books.
“I’m delighted to have secured James’ services. At the end of the 2014 season we sat down to analyse our shortcomings and felt that we needed to add quality, consistency and nous to our squad. James will provide this. He is fit, strong and motivated. He has a lot to offer and continues to perform to a high level wherever he plays.
“The loss of Gareth Berg through injury in 2014 was a hugely important factor as the season progressed. His absence prevented us from fielding a balanced side and his overs were missed. Despite James not having bowled with great frequency over the winter for Wellington, due to a side strain, we are confident that come April, his fitness levels will enable him to more than fill that role, offering both experience and variety as a left arm-seamer.”