MCC Universities graduate Ruel Brathwaite has secured a two-year deal with Durham after impressing on-loan at the club at the end of the 2010 season.
The 25-year-old Barbados-born seamer made his debut in the final LV County Championship match of the season, taking 4-118 against Somerset.
Brathwaite represented Loughborough MCCU between 2005-08 before spending a season at Cambridge MCCU in 2008-09.
He has also represented MCC, and has played 13 times at first class level since his debut in 2006.
Ruel's big chance
Brathwaite said: "I was delighted to be offered a contract with Durham after my initial spell with them.
"The boys really made me feel incredibly welcome while I was there and I can’t wait to join up with them in pre-season as we prepare for our 2011 campaign.
"I’m excited for the opportunity ahead and I’m looking forward to making my mark."
Brathwaite was coached at Loughborough by ex-England seamer and double Ashes winner Graham Dilley.
Dilley said: "It’s very good news. It’s always great to see somebody come through here and get into the first class system.
"That’s part of the reason we're around and it’s nice to see somebody come with some ability and get where they want to be.
"He was a good player and doing a hard course but he was a popular guy and it’s great for him to have achieved this."