Rusty to give Sharks added bite

New Sussex Sharks signing Juan ‘Rusty’ Theron is delighted to be back among old friends.

Sussex began their Friends Life T20 campaign this week, and they have received a late boost to the squad after announcing the signing of South African pace bowler Rusty Theron.

The 26-year-old has signed for the T20 campaign. He said: “I’m thrilled to be here. I came here about five years ago to play some club cricket and really enjoyed my time.”

Theron played for Brighton and Hove at club level five years ago, a factor that played a big part in his decision to join the Sharks. “It’s amazing looking back, it’s gone full circle.

“I came here as an amateur player and five years later I come back an international player and the overseas pro for Sussex.”

“I love the city, I love the people and along the way I’ve made some really good friends.”

Having played this format of cricket all over the world, including the IPL, Theron is well aware of the challenges of playing in a different country: “I think it will be a different experience. I went to the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and it’s been 5 years since I’ve been here in England. The first time I came here, it was quite an adjustment. For me it’s about settling down as quickly as possibly.”

“There’s so much cricket these days you don’t have a whole lot of time to settle down. We were in India the other day, now 10 days later I’m in England. You just go with it, you can’t do much about it.”

The openly excited seamer was keen to highlight the progress of the younger players as reason to look forward to the upcoming challenge: “I’m excited to see how the younger guys go, in Matt Machan, Will Beer and Ben Brown. There are some really exciting young players coming through.”

Despite the excitement surrounding the overseas stars, Sussex will again be looking to the competition to aid the development of the younger, local players. Machan, Beer and Brown will all be hoping to make an impact.