Sussex sign all-rounder Jordan

Sussex County Cricket Club have signed bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old, born in Barbados but English-qualified, was released by Surrey at the end of last season having been at the Kia Oval outfit since 2006.

Jordan made his first-class debut a season later and has since played 40 first-class matches, 20 List A games and 12 Twenty20 matches, taking 112 wickets across all three formats.

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His arrival at The PROBIZ county Ground, Hove, has strengthened Sussex’s bowling options for the new season and Jordan is delighted with his move to Sussex.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining such a fantastic club. I have had five enjoyable years at Surrey but felt it was time for a new challenge and chapter in my career.

“As soon as Sussex expressed an interest in me, it became clear it would be an exceptional place to continue my cricketing development.”

He went on describe Sussex at the “perfect” club, and said: “Meeting with Mark Robinson and Mark Davis and looking around the club further confirmed that the set-up at Sussex is perfectly suited to helping me achieve my career goals and ambitions of becoming a top class all-round cricketer.

“I hope to play a key role in helping Sussex challenge for honours in all three formats in 2013, and I look forward to joining the boys for pre-season and pushing for a place in the starting XI for the first game of the season.”

Sussex’s professional cricket manager Mark Robinson, said: “Chris has got enormous potential, he can bowl genuinely quick and has the ability to be able to bat at six or seven, and is a natural athlete in the field.

“As yet, he has not been able to find the consistency needed to fulfil his potential. He is still young and we hope we can help Chris fulfil this rich promise and become not only a match winner at Sussex but also for England.”