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Surrey sign de Bruyn

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Surrey have signed South African batsman Zander de Bruyn from Somerset on a one-year deal.

The 35-year-old joins as a Kolpak player but is just one year away from obtaining a British passport.

De Bruyn is currently playing for the Highveld Lions in South African domestic cricket and will join up with Surrey once his commitments in South Africa end in early April.

He said: "I'm obviously excited and looking forward to the new challenge at Surrey, especially getting a chance to play regularly at a Test ground with the quality players that they have in the squad.

"I'll work hard to help get Surrey up into the first division where they belong. I get the feeling that 2011 will be a great year for Surrey."

Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown added: "We have a really exciting and very young squad at the moment, so adding someone of the quality and experience of Zander de Bruyn was an absolute must. It's really exciting to have someone like him coming into the club and being with us all season.

"His presence will also play a huge part in helping our younger players learn, just by watching someone of his class going about his day to day business."

De Bruyn scored 2,497 first-class runs at an average of 38.41 in three seasons at Somerset. He added a further 1,656 in one-day competition, averaging 53.41.