SOMERSET County Cricket Club have welcomed back a former player in a coaching role for the 2024 season.

Former fast bowler, Steve Kirby will return to the club as Bowling Coach, a role that he held before taking up a coaching position with Zimbabwe in 2022.

The bowler took more than 180 wickets for the club between 2011 and 2014 and has said he is ready to get back coaching in Taunton.

"I’ve learned so much during my time away. Working in such a rewarding and humbling country has taught me so much, in particular in the areas of man-management," he said.

"The benefits of this experience will certainly aid me in any coaching role in the future and I can’t wait to be able to bring these skills to Taunton and help support what is an amazing squad of players."

He said the reason to return to Taunton is a personal one to allow him to spend more time closer to his family.

“However, spending so much time away from my family and children has been difficult," he said.

"The position at Somerset will give me the chance to spend more time with them, and that’s something that’s very important to me.

“I already have a good relationship with the Somerset bowling group. The Club have a great blend of proven performers and outstanding young talent, and it’s exciting to think about what the next few years can hold. I just can’t wait to get going.”

And Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry added: “Steve is someone who knows Somerset inside out and has a genuine love for the Club.

"He built up an outstanding relationship and rapport with our bowling group during his previous stint in the role and we are delighted that he is returning to work with this group again.

“Kirb’s passion for the developing players is second to none and his is enthusiasm is contagious. I’m sure his return will give everyone a boost and we very much look forward to him re-joining us ahead of the start of the season."

Andrew Griffiths, who stood in as interim Bowling Coach during the 2023 season, has returned to his role as Pathway Coaching Lead.

Alongside Jason Kerr, Griffiths will also continue to support some of the professional bowlers when his Pathway responsibilities allow.