The troubled all-rounder Jesse Ryder is to return to his home province for the domestic cricket season having signed with Central Districts.
Ryder has parted company with Otago where he's spent the last two seasons but missed their final four day game of last season after being suspended for abusing an umpire.
The 30-year-old has had a chequered career littered with disciplinary and alcohol issues.
He's currently playing for England county side Essex having taken ten wickets in their latest match.
In a statement Ryder said he was looking forward to returning to his home base at the end of the English season.
"CD gave me my first opportunity in cricket so I'm looking forward to returning and playing for the Stags again this summer," he said.
The general manager of Central Districts Lance Hamilton is delighted with Ryder's desire to return to where it all began as an 18 year old in 2002, especially after the retirement last season of veteran Jamie How.
"We're keen to attract and retain players from our region whenever possible...although Jesse's been playing elsewhere for a while, he's very definitely at home when he's with the Stags," he said.
Ryder is expected to only play one dayers and Twenty20 matches for Central Districts.