Michael Yardy has made a swift return to Sussex by joining the club as head coach of the Under-17 side.
The 35-year-old retired at the end of last season after amassing over 10,000 first-class runs during almost two decades at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.
Former England limited-overs international Yardy will oversee four ECB One-Day Cup matches and four ECB three-day Championship matches, as well as coaching within the Sussex academy programme and mentoring a number of the academy players throughout the year.
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Sussex’s new director of cricket Keith Greenfield said: “I’ve been looking to get Yards into our coaching structure as soon as it became clear he was going to retire from playing.
“This is absolutely fantastic news for our elite young players and our development pathway; he represents everything that is good within Sussex cricket and his experiences and expertise in all formats is invaluable.
“This is an important part of our cricket strategy moving forward, as we look to maximise the expertise in all fields we have within the county.”
Yardy added: “I’m very excited to work with an exciting crop of young players, and will look to help them in whatever way I can to fulfil their potential and go on to be future stars of Sussex cricket.”