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Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Geraint Jones has signed a two-year contract with Gloucestershire and agreed to captain the side in the County Championship.
Jones has been given the reigns since regular skipper Michael Klinger will be absent for the first part of 2015.
Jones played three County Championship matches and two Twenty20 matches for Gloucestershire last season after he was released by Kent.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank Kent County Cricket Club for the fantastic 15 seasons I spent with them,” Jones said. “I learnt a huge amount there and without the opportunities they gave me I never would have had the career that I have.
“Following an enjoyable month on loan with Gloucestershire during 2014, I am excited to be joining the club on a full-time basis and for the challenges that lie ahead. They have a great set up here and I am looking forward to taking on the role as four-day captain and to working in tandem with Michael Klinger. This is a young and talented squad and I relish the opportunity of working with them and to playing a part in their future development.
“I also look forward to working with John Bracewell and his coaching team. They impressed me greatly during my loan period so the chance to work full time with them I know will have big benefits.”
Gloucestershire’s director of cricket, John Bracewell, added: “With Michael Klinger not re-joining us until June next year, Geraint will captain the team in four-day cricket for the 2015 season. We have spoken to Michael about that and he is comfortable with it. We intend [to use] Geraint as a batsman and his presence on the field will be invaluable in offering advice and assistance to our young bowling attack.”