Ben Laughlin will return to his home State after starting his T20 career with the Queensland Bulls in the original Big Bash competition, playing seven games between 2008 and 2011.
The 37-year-old is renowned as one of the game's premier specialist T20 bowlers, especially in the challenging 'death’ overs that close out an innings.
A desire to spend more time with his young family on the Sunshine Coast saw the right-arm paceman seek a release from the Adelaide Strikers, who granted his request this week.
He has agreed to a two-year deal with Brisbane and is the club's 16th signing for BBL|09.
His BBL career has seen him capture 95 wickets for the Hobart Hurricanes and the Strikers as part of a prolific career.
In all he has played 143 career T20 games, taking 175 wickets at 22.45 with a strike-rate of 16.8 and an economy rate of 7.99.
He has also played five One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals.
The vastly experienced Laughlin has played for three IPL teams in his career and recently made the final of the Caribbean premier league with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
He is currently playing in the T10 tournament in Abu Dhabi for Team Abi Dhabi which is coached by former English coach Trevor Bayliss.
He bowled two overs, taking 1-15, in the match earlier this week where his future Heat teammate Chris Lynn blasted 91no from just 30 balls.
Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann praised Laughlin’s former club for their handling of the matter.
“I think the Strikers management deserve a real wrap for the way they dealt professionally and compassionately with his request to be released,’’ he said.
“In turn, the Heat are very pleased to welcome Ben to our club. I am looking forward to working with him again after he was in the Queensland team in the old KFC Big Bash in my first season with the Bulls.”
“From a playing perspective, I’m a big admirer of how he deals so efficiently with the roles he is assigned. He’s been a very skilled performer in those overs when there is very little margin for error and has rode the highs and lows that come with such a role.”
“It’s an exciting time for the Heat and I know Benny will be ready to roll when we get together soon.”
Laughlin joins South African legend AB de Villiers, English tyro Tom Banton and Afghani spinner Zahir Khan as new signings for the club.
The Heat have two more player signings to announce to complete its squad. BBL clubs have until 6 December to finalise their 18-player roster.
Tickets are on sale now for the Brisbane Heat’s hottest summer holiday season yet.
The ninth season of the KFC Big Bash League gets underway next month, when the Heat turn the spotlight on the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba on Tuesday 17 December to launch the tournament.
Ticket prices have again been maintained at family-friendly level, with adults from $22, kids from $8 and a family from just $48 for two adults and two children.*
Tickets are on sale through Ticketek.com.au Fans are urged to pre-purchase to ensure they don’t miss out on being part of the electric atmosphere at a Heat BBL game with fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.
The Heat has announced the following contracted players for BBL|09.
Tom Banton (international)
AB de Villiers (international)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (international)
Zahir Khan (International)