A bustling seamer and useful lower-order batsman who has represented England Lions, Coles is in his second spell at Kent after leaving Hampshire in early 2015.
Having arrived at the Ageas Bowl on a permanent deal from Kent in September 2013 following a successful loan spell, Coles departed by mutual consent after just one full season on the south coast.
Having snared 27 first-class scalps in 2010, he improved on that figure by five the following year, claiming two five-wicket hauls in the process.
Coles’ overall progress was recognised at the end of the 2011 domestic campaign, when he was named as a potential England Performance Programme player.
After Stuart Meaker was forced to return home from Sri Lanka in February 2012 with a lower-back injury, Coles was then called into the England Lions squad for the first time.
He continued to develop at Kent and struck his maiden first-class hundred - an unbeaten 103 - against Yorkshire in the first week of the 2012 campaign. That year he went on to take 52 LV= County Championship wickets at an average of 22 and was rewarded with a place in the England Performance Programme tour to India.
Coles also featured for England Lions on their tour of Australia early in 2013, but was unable to agree a new contract at Canterbury and, after taking 21 wickets at 24 during his loan spell at Hampshire, agreed a three-year deal on the south coast ahead of the 2014 season.
His 41 championship wickets helped fire Hampshire to the Division Two title in his first season, and he smashed the fastest half-century of that year's NatWest T20 Blast with an 18-ball fifty against Essex Eagles that helped his side reach finals day.
However, a failure to settle in Hampshire saw him exit the club ahead of the 2015 campaign and return to the Spitfire Ground.