Australian batsman David Hussey is set to return for an eighth stint with Nottinghamshire.
Hussey made his Nottinghamshire debut in 2004 and will return to Trent Bridge in June to add fire power to the Outlaws batting line-up throughout the Friends Life t20 competition.
He will also be available for five LV= County Championship matches and four Clydesdale Bank 40 matches.
"David has been my first thought when recruiting overseas players for ten years now and he adds a lot of value in all formats," said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“When I look at the squad I think that there is the potential for us to make it to Finals Day but also to mount a serious challenge in the Championship." David Hussey
"For me, he is more than good enough to have warranted Test selection and to have a player of that calibre with an affinity for a particular county is rare and something that we have embraced.
"It has become increasingly difficult to sign a quality overseas player for an entire season but we are pleased that David and Ed Cowan will both spend a good amount of time with us."
Hussey, who holds the club record for Twenty20 appearances, will captain Notts Outlaws throughout the Friends Life t20 tournament but his stay will not coincide with that of compatriot Ed Cowan who is scheduled to depart at the end of June.
“There are lots of things I enjoy about playing for Notts but the characters in the dressing room, the atmosphere at Trent Bridge and the fact that the team are always competitive are the main reasons,” said Hussey.
“Captaining Notts Outlaws is something that I really enjoy and my method is to try and think two overs ahead of everybody else and to bring some stability in pressure situations.
“I have a great relationship with Mick Newell and Chris Read and we have some good discussions about how we want to play things.
“When I look at the squad I think that there is the potential for us to make it to Finals Day but also to mount a serious challenge in the Championship. I played all of the championship-winning season in 2005 and contributed in 2010 and those trophies rank amongst the best achievements of my career.”
If Hussey is to help Nottinghamshire maintain a title challenge, the early season form of Eddie Cowan could be crucial. He will arrive as Cowan departs but he is backing his compatriot to make a strong start.
“I’ve played a lot of cricket against Eddie and he is a high class player with great technical ability and a solid temperament,” said Hussey.
“He is used to playing in bowler friendly conditions in Tasmania where the wickets tend to be similar to Trent Bridge and he is a good player of pace which bodes well for Nottinghamshire.”
Hussey is anticipating a keenly contested Investec Ashes Series and expects his compatriots to make the fancied hosts fight hard to stand a chance of retaining the urn.
“The Australian Test team is in transition following the retirement of Ricky Ponting and my brother but beware of the wounded lion,” said Hussey.
“James Pattinson is the pick of some young bowlers who could cause England some problems and I’m hopeful that Australia can come out on top.”
Nottinghamshire are yet to contract an overseas player for the final month of the season but hope to secure the services of Cowan or Hussey subject to international commitments.
Tickets for Notts Outlaws Friends Life t20 matches at Trent Bridge are now on sale.