LANCASHIRE have signed former Australia Test opener Simon Katich as their overseas player for next season.

The 37-year-old, who had a spell at Old Trafford in 2010, has previously played County Cricket for Hampshire and Derbyshire.

Lancashire were relegated from the top division of the Championship this year, despite having won the title in 2011.

“I’m sure Lancashire will be looking to head straight back up to Division One,” said Katich.

“I’m determined to play a big part in this happening.”

“I’m hopeful that, with my experience, I can be a senior member of the squad and help a relatively young group in having a successful season in all forms of the game.

“Next year is a huge year at Old Trafford in that they’re hosting another Ashes Test.

“Having played in an Ashes Test there before in 2005, I know it’s going to be a really special time for everyone involved.

“I enjoyed working with (head coach) Peter Moores and (captain) Glen Chapple in 2010. Their professionalism and attention to detail was particularly impressive.”

Moores added that he hoped Katich would bring some valuable experience to a Lancashire side who hope to bounce straight back up.

He said: “It is great news to have secured a player of Simon’s quality and his influence will be felt both on and off the field.

“We have an emerging group of Lancashire players who will benefit greatly from his experience and knowledge, and his ability as a player is beyond question.”