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Piolet makes Sussex return

Sussex have signed Warwickshire all-rounder Steffan Piolet on a one-year contract.

The 25-year-old has returned to the County Ground five years after leaving for the midlands.

Piolet had a short loan spell at Hove this season, playing twice for the club’s second XI, and is yet to make a first-team appearance with the club having left for Edgbaston before his senior debut.

"I'm delighted to be back home with Sussex. I always wanted to play here at some point in my career and I'm looking forward to fighting for a place in all forms of the game,” said Piolet, who specialised in the shorter formats for Warwickshire.

He made 39 List A and 51 Twenty20 appearances during his five years at Edgbaston but featured in just four first-class matches.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved at Warwickshire for a fantastic five years,” Piolet added. “It's been an honour to play with some of the best cricketers in the country.”

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "We're really excited at the prospect of having Steff on board. Being a local lad, having played youth and second team cricket with us, he is somebody we know really well.

"Steff has a hunger to play in the longer form of the game and the make-up of our squad means he has every chance of getting some opportunities to prove he is more than just a very good one-day player.

"We appreciate and admire Warwickshire's willingness to do what is best for the player by releasing him and allowing us to pick up the last year of his contract."

Warwickshire's director of cricket Dougie Brown added: "Steff has always given 100% when he's taken to the field for Warwickshire and he's very popular with fellow players and our cricket management team.

"Despite being a regular in our limited-overs teams, we understand his motivation to play more first-class cricket, so he leaves Edgbaston with our full support and we wish him the very best with Sussex."

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