Steve Rhodes pulled off a masterstroke when he signed paceman Allan Richardson at the back-end of his career.

Some Worcestershire supporters at the time questioned the wisdom of signing a player who had endured his fair share of injury problems and was at the veteran stage.

But the former Middlesex and Warwickshire paceman responded with 252 Championship wickets in four years and was voted one of Wisden’s Cricketer Of The Year for 2013.

Now Rhodes has gone down a similar path in acquiring another seasoned but proven performer for the 2018 campaign in Steve Magoffin after a successful spell with Sussex.

Magoffin, who had a short spell at New Road, nearly a decade ago, is a proven performer in Division One of the County Championship.

Director Of Cricket Rhodes said: “He has been with us before. We know his quality as a person as well as a fast bowler.

“Yes he is a little bit older than some people might have wanted.

“But we saw with Alan Richardson the quality he brought to the squad and the club at the back end of his career.

“If ‘Mags’ is well looked after by our guys and he puts in the right effort – which I know he will – then we are hopeful we can get plenty of games of Championship cricket out of him next summer.

“If we can get Steve Magoffin on the park, he gets good players out and that’s a real bonus for us.

“His experience will certainly help our young bowlers in succeeding at that level.”