West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a deal to return to play for county champions Durham next season.
Chanderpaul has already spent two seasons at the Riverside and he will return for a third stint in the North East in 2009, although the exact dates are yet to be decided.
The ICC Cricketer of the Year was part of the Stanford Superstars team that thrashed England to pocket $20 million in Antigua earlier this month.
Chanderpaul will settle on dates for his spell as Durham's overseas player once he works out his international schedule with the West Indies team.
As the County Championship winners begin their planning for next year, title-winning skipper Dale Benkenstein and Australian opener Michael Di Venuto have both signed deals until 2011.
Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick has been offered his first professional contract until 2010, after he made his Twenty20 debut during the summer.
Durham have let two players leave with Gary Scott being released and Garry Park agreeing to join Derbyshire on a two-year contract.
Durham chief executive David Harker said the club are keen to continue their success by nurturing the young talent they have coming through.
"The players have worked incredibly hard to get the squad to where they are today and are understandably keen to work with us to ensure that Durham's future on the pitch continues to be a bright one," said Harker.
"With both the first and second team bringing championship trophies back to Riverside we now have to build on and maintain the core of the successful team, continuing to nurture the young talent we have brought through our academy."