Geraint Jones: Gloucestershire sign former England wicketkeeper
Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones has signed for Gloucestershire on a two-year contract.
The 37-year-old spent 15 seasons with Kent but was released in the summer after being displaced by Sam Billings.
He will now return to Bristol as a specialist batsman and captain in four-day cricket.
"I'd like to thank Kent for the fantastic 15 seasons I spent with them," said Jones, who won the Ashes with England in 2005.
"Following an enjoyable month with Gloucestershire during 2014, I am excited to be joining the club and for the challenges that lie ahead.
"This is a young and talented squad and I relish the opportunity of working with them and to playing a part in their development."
Jones takes on the captain's role from Australian opener Michael Klinger, who is returning to Gloucestershire for a third year but will not arrive until June - a month after the season starts.
"We have spoken to Michael about that and he is comfortable with it," said director of cricket John Bracewell.
"We intend using Geraint as a batsman and his presence on the field will be invaluable in offering advice and assistance to our young bowling attack."
Jones has played in 34 Test matches and 49 One-Day Internationals, and has scored 8,615 first-class runs at an average of 32.5, with 15 centuries and 46 fifties.
His wicketkeeping career has seen him take 586 catches and 36 stumpings in first-class cricket.