Sussex are strengthening their attack by signing fast bowler Paul Hutchison from Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old, who has been released by the county champions, is flying south today and will sign a three-year contract at the County Ground this afternoon.

Several counties were keen to sign Hutchison including Glamorgan, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire, but Sussex's promotion to division one has persuaded the left-armer that his future lies at Hove.

Coach Peter Moores said: "It's an excellent signing for us. His record speaks for itself and at his age we think the best years of his career lie ahead of him.

"Paul will complement the bowlers we have, he swings the ball and at 6ft 3in he bowls his height."

Hutchison went on two England A tours earlier in his career, but he has slipped down the pecking order at Headingley after missing most of last season through injury.

Before this season he had taken 148 first class wickets at a superb average of 22.5 but this summer he has been restricted to just three Championship appearances for the Tykes, taking seven wickets.

As Sussex prepare for division one they are keen to strengthen their bowling resources.

James Kirtley and Jason Lewry have both taken over 60 first-class wickets, but Mark Robinson will only be used in emergencies next season while he concentrates on his new role as second team coach.