Ben Harmison hopes to learn from Kent captain Rob Key

Ben Harmison
Harmison spent seven years at Durham prior to his release

Kent all-rounder Ben Harmison has cited Rob Key's influence as his main motivation in moving to the county.

The 25-year-old joined Kent this week after being released by Durham, where he made 37 first-class appearances.

He told BBC Radio Kent: "Kent is a massive club when you look at the players that have already played for the club.

"Robert Key is a massive influence. With my batting and mentally, he can move my game forward."

Harmison said he was looking to learn from all of the club's senior professionals.

"Geraint Jones is an Ashes winner and there's Darren Stevens and Azhar Mahmood," he said. "There's a lot of talent in there.

"I just want to show everyone what I've got.

"I want to pick their brains. They're international cricketers and fantastic players on the county circuit."

With finances tight across the county game, Durham deemed Harmison surplus to requirements as they looked to control their budget.

Having been in and out of the side since making his debut in 2006, Harmison believed he could thrive with the added responsibility at Kent.

"I knew they were looking to offload two or three of the middle ground players ,"he said.

"My career has been promising and then come to a short end and then kicked on and then stopped.

"When I was getting into the Durham team, one-day wise, two years ago I won one-day player of the year and that same year when I got five or six Championship games, I took 20-odd wickets and scored nearly 400 runs.

"Hopefully I can get down to Kent and do exactly the same. I want to play as the genuine all-rounder."

Whilst disappointed to be leaving the county he joined aged 15, the former England Under-19 international admitted that as soon as the call came in, he did not think twice.

"Once I knew that Kent were in, I was convinced I wanted to play for them," he said. "Hopefully the move will do me good."

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