Tudor returns to Surrey for 2009 hoping to recapture the hostility that led to international honours early in his career.
The former England fast bowler joined Essex from Surrey at start of 2005 but missed almost the whole season due to surgery on an injured knee.
Tudor toured Australia with England in 1998 and 2002, as well as South Africa in 1999 and Pakistan in 2000.
He has played 10 Tests in total, taking 28 wickets, but is most famous for scoring 99 not out against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 1999 - the highest score by an England nightwatchman.
Tudor was named man of the match in the third Test against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in 2002 with figures of 7-109.
He suffered a dip in form and fitness thereafter, playing just two County Championship matches for Surrey in 2004 before being released.
His first season with Essex was also heavily disrupted by injury, but he featured in 11 championship matches in 2006, taking 28 wickets and scoring 362 runs, including a career-best 144 against Derbyshire.
Tudor signed a new two-year contract at the end of the season, keeping him at the club until 2008.
He played in ten championship matches the following season, taking 17 wickets, but featured in only a handful of one-day games.
Tudor began in Essex's championship side in 2008, but injuries again began to bit and he could not break back into the first-team when he regained fitness.
Essex loaned him back to Surrey in August, and Tudor played in three championship matches and a few one-day games.
He took only five wickets as Surrey were relegated from Division One, but it was enough to earn him a move back to the Brit Oval on a one-year deal for 2009 when his returns were modest.