SHROPSHIRE County Cricket Club have completed the signing of former Lancashire and England left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan.

The 30-year-old, who left Lancashire at the end of the 2018 season, will bring a wealth of experience to the county.

Kerrigan has played more than 100 first-class matches, taking 322 wickets, while he has also appeared in 35 List A matches and 24 Twenty20 matches.

His career-best figures of 9-51 came against Hampshire in the penultimate game of the 2011 season, which ended with Lancashire crowned county champions.

The consistent performances of Preston-born Kerrigan led to him being called up by England to play in the final match of the 2013 Ashes against Australia at The Oval.

Kerrigan, who had a spell on loan to Northamptonshire in 2017, joins Shropshire following a successful season with Fulwood and Broughton CC in the Northern Premier Cricket League.

Now he’s looking forward to the next stage of his career with Shropshire: “Since I left Lancashire, Minor Counties has definitely been something that's interested me,” said Kerrigan.

“It's still an opportunity to play at a good standard of cricket and get a lot of overs in, compared to just playing club cricket at the weekend.

“I’m looking forward to working with the lads. There will be quite a few training sessions over the winter, so I’m going to make as many of them as I can, get to know the lads and them get to know me.

“Hopefully we can build towards something in the summer and be successful.”

The experienced player is hoping to help with the coaching of the younger members of the Shropshire squad.

He said: “I’m a bit of a cricket badger. I’m really keen to keep advancing my coaching.

“I’ve got my Level three coaching badge and in my last year at Lancashire I did a lot of coaching with the Lancashire second team and the Lancashire age groups.

“Even in the years before that, I worked a lot with the young spinners coming through.

“It’s something definitely I’m keen to get stuck into, playing and whether you would call it a coach or a mentor role, I think I've got quite a lot of experience in the first-class game, so I’ve got some things that I can pass on to the younger lads.”

While he’s renowned for his bowling, Kerrigan is also looking to weigh in with the bat for Shropshire.

“I played a couple of games for Northamptonshire's second team last year and in one of them I got 81 batting at six.” he said.

"I’ll be hoping I can fit in somewhere around a similar position for Shropshire and hopefully I can get some runs.

“I’m not really known for my runs, but I do feel in recent years, especially towards the back end of my time with Lancashire and when I went on loan to Northants to play some County Championship cricket, I started to contribute more and more regularly with the bat.”

As for his hopes moving forward with Shropshire, Kerrigan added: “It seems that it was a bit of a tough year last season.

“There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the performances on the pitch going the way that everyone wants them to.

“Hopefully I can be part of turning things around and be part of a successful side.”