Compton returns to Middlesex

"The time feels right to return home"

“The time feels right to return home”

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England batsman Nick Compton has rejoined Middlesex after agreeing to sign a three-year contract.

Compton, who announced his departure from Somerset last month, played for Middlesex from 2001 to 2009.

Compton revealed that he signed with Middlesex since he wanted to be closer to home and look into pursing media opportunities as well.

“As a boy I left my family home to move to London to play for Middlesex,” Compton said. “Because of this, playing for the club at Lord’s has and always will be close to my heart.

“Leaving Lord’s to play for Somerset was a step in my development I felt I needed to make. The time I spent at Taunton was great for me. Whilst at Somerset I grew as a player and a person. I also fulfilled the dream of representing England, which is something I am determined to do again.

“Returning to Middlesex as a senior player is an exciting challenge for me. Lord’s is the home of cricket and with my family ties here the time feels right to return home. The prospect of playing and scoring runs at Lord’s has always excited me and hopefully I can come back and reproduce my best cricket here. By doing this I hope to play a key role in bringing success to Middlesex over the coming seasons.”

Middlesex’s director of cricket, Angus Fraser, added: “Players of Nick’s ability do not become available very often and when we were made aware of his desire to move back to London we immediately moved. With Chris Rogers hopefully playing for Australia next summer we needed to find a high quality top order batsman and in Nick we have secured the services of one.

“I was in charge at Middlesex when Nick left at the end of the 2009 season and, even though I could at the time totally understand his reasons for moving to Taunton, I was disappointed when he left. The move proved to be a good one for Nick – at Somerset he became an international cricketer. But it will be great to see him once again wearing a Middlesex cap and sweater, and I believe he has a lot to offer us both on and off the field over the course of the next five or six years.”

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