BARTON skipper Adam Parker believes Jon Martin will make a huge difference to his side’s bowling attack in the season ahead.
Martin, 41, is back at Barton for a second spell having previously played there between 1990-2004.
The former South Devon captain was the leading English qualified bowler in the B Division last season with 29 wickets – and no one bowled their overs more cheaply.
Parker has been trying to lure Martin back for a while and is delighted to get his man back at last.
“Getting Jonny back to the club is the biggest signing we have made locally in years,” said Parker.
“Something we have lacked for a long time is control with the ball and that’s what Jonny Martin gives you.”
Martin left Barton for Chudleigh in 2005 and stayed there until 2014 when he switched to South Devon.
South Devon were shocked when Martin, who was re-elected as captain last month, announced two weeks ago he was standing down and seeking a transfer.
Ali Wright, who was captain in 2014 when Martin arrived, has taken the job back on.
Martin isn’t the only signing at Cricketfield Road. Parker has a South African pace bowler lined up.
“We don’t want to name him just yet but he comes from Durban and as he can bat too looks a good acquisition,” said Parker.
On the way out from Barton are keeper-batsman Steve Lewis, who has returned to Babbacombe despite interest from South Devon, and taken Andy McVeigh with him.