Jordan's path leads to Sussex
Chris Jordan has followed Rory Hamilton-Brown by joining Sussex from Surrey.
Hamilton-Brown led Surrey for the last three seasons but, after the tragic death of friend and team-mate Tom Maynard in June, decided to leave the Kia Oval and signed a three-year deal with his former county.
Jordan, who has penned a two-year-contract, was released by Surrey in September having failed to secure a regular first-team place.
The 24-year-old bowling all-rounder, born in Barbados but English-qualified, had been with Surrey since 2006. Towards the end of the next season he broke into the first team, aged 18, with 20 County Championship wickets in five games and earned a professional deal.
Injuries limited his appearances over the next few years and he missed the entire 2010 campaign with a back problem. He played a bit-part role under Hamilton-Brown, who - like Jordan - will be in the ranks at Sussex.
Seamer Jordan moves to the PROBIZ County Ground with 112 senior wickets across all formats, having made 40 first-class, 20 List A and 12 Twenty20 appearances. The right-hander has a first-class batting average of 21.83.
He said: "I am delighted to be joining such a fantastic club. I had five enjoyable years at Surrey but felt it was time for a new challenge and chapter in my career.
"As soon as Sussex expressed an interest in me it became clear it would be an exceptional place to continue my cricketing development. Meeting with Mark Robinson and Mark Davis and looking around the club further confirmed that the set up at Sussex is perfectly suited to helping me achieve my career goals and ambitions of becoming a top-class all-round cricketer.
"I hope to play a key role in helping Sussex challenge for honours in all three formats in 2013, and I look forward to joining the boys for pre-season and pushing for a place in the starting XI for the first game of the season."
Sussex professional cricket manager Robinson said: "Chris has got enormous potential. He can bowl genuinely quick and has the ability to be able to bat at six or seven, and is a natural athlete in the field.
"As yet, he hasn't been able to find the consistency needed to fulfil his potential. He is still young and we hope we can help Chris fulfil this rich promise and become not only a match-winner at Sussex but also for England."