Neil Wagner will return to the County Champions in May and be available for all competitions.

The 31-year-old made an excellent impression both on and off the pitch in 2017 and took 31 wickets, including best figures of 6 for 48, as Essex romped to a first Championship title for 25 years.

Wagner has since impressed over the winter for the New Zealand Test team and will initially sign until the end of July, with the Club having the option to extend his contract for the duration of the season, subject to New Zealand Cricket approval.

Date of Birth: 13/03/86
Squad No: 13
Debut 2017
Role in Team: Bowler
Batting: Left-Hand
Bowling: Left-Arm Medium-Fast