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Former Middlesex cricketer Robbie Williams has joined Leicestershire

Grace Road is the new home of Robbie Williams

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Former Middlesex seamer Robbie Williams has joined Leicestershire on a one-year deal.

The 25-year-old has earned the contract after impressing on trial with the club in the closing weeks of the 2012 season.

He played for the county in their narrow defeat by Kent in the Second XI Championship final at Grace Road earlier this month, bowling with good pace and bounce.

Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall said: "Robbie impressed whilst playing for the Second XI. He adds to the selection opportunities within the seam bowlers and we hope that he will make his mark at Grace Road."

The seamer has taken 23 first-class wickets at under 33, with a career best 5-70 for Durham UCCE against Lancashire in 2007 and then picking up 5-115 in his County Championship debut against Essex.

But he missed all the 2008 season with a stress fracture to the back and then did not play a first-class game for Middlesex between 2009 and 2011.

He has become Leicestershire's fourth new signing for next season after batsman Angus Robson, local fast bowler Ollie Freckingham and academy all-rounder Tom Wells.