Left-arm spinner Rob Ferley has rejoined Kent on a two-year deal from Nottinghamshire.
Ferley quit the Spitfires in 2006 to move to Trent Bridge after failing to oust veteran spinner Min Patel from the Kent team.
However Ferley, who represented England U19s during his first stint at Kent, will now return to the St Lawrence Ground after turning down the offer of a new deal at Nottinghamshire.
And in a double boost for Kent, opener Rob Key has been reappointed as captain for the 2009 season.
Under Key's guidance last season, Kent were the runners-up in the Twenty20 Cup and FP Trophy, but were relegated from the top flight of the County Championship.
Kent's chairman of cricket Graham Johnson told the club's official site: "I am delighted to announce Rob Key's re-appointment as captain for the 2009 season.
"His experience of leading teams has been recognised by his county peer group and he is currently in India with the England Performance Squad.
"He continues to demonstrate fine leadership qualities in all forms of cricket and I know he is determined to achieve the success which so narrowly eluded the Kent team last summer.
"His performances as captain and as a batsman warrant recognition at international level where he has had success in the past.
"It is also great news that Rob Ferley has decided to return to Kent after his time with Notts.
"The playing programme in 2009 and 2010 is in transition and spinners have a key part to play.
"Rob is hungry to continue the impact he has had in long and short forms of one-day cricket and to make the breakthrough in four-day cricket."