Sutton completes Derbyshire return
Luke Sutton has rejoined Derbyshire from Lancashire on a two-year contract following his departure from Old Trafford last week.
The 33-year-old wicketkeeper returns to the club after five years in Manchester, where he scored 2682 runs at an average of over 33, as well as claiming 227 catches and 15 stumpings.
Sutton, born in Keynsham, began his career at Somerset before enjoying six seasons with Derbyshire from 2000 to 2005, earning his county cap in 2002 and taking over the captaincy two years later.
“Derbyshire County Cricket Club has played a huge part in my life and I am delighted to come back,” said Sutton.
“I came here as a young cricketer, developed quickly during my first stint here, captained the club and I left with nothing but very warm feelings.
“I always had half an eye on wanting to come back and it is very pleasing that it has actually happened.
“The County Ground is a very different place now both on and off the field to when I first arrived in 2000 and the progress that has been made is a real credit to everyone at the club.
“Derbyshire is the last club I will play for and it is great to come back to somewhere that has been so good to me and that I have a real passion for.”
Sutton has been Lancashire's first-choice keeper for the last few years, but has recently lost his place to Gareth Cross.
Derbyshire were on the lookout for a gloveman, after releasing Lee Goddard earlier this year. Tom Poynton has been identified as the long-term option, with Steve Adshead brought in on a short-term deal.
Derbyshire head of cricket John Morris added: “Adding a player of Luke’s undoubted quality and experience will be an excellent boost for the team next season.
“I am doubly pleased with the signing because I know that Derbyshire means a lot to Luke and I believe our members and supporters will be thrilled to see him back.”