Watson played for Hampshire in 2004 and 2005 (Getty Images)
Hampshire have signed Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as their overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup.
It will be the 26-year-old's third spell with the county, having previously played for the Hawks in 2004 and 2005.
Hampshire are hoping the Queenslander will help them reach the finals day of the Twenty20 Cup, which this year is being held at their Rose Bowl home.
Watson has played three Tests and 65 one-day internationals for Australia.
"Watto was an instant hit with Members and fans of Hampshire when he was here in 2004 and I, for one, am very excited at the prospect of seeing him here again this summer," Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove commented.
"It is fair to say that we have under-performed in the Twenty20 Cup so far, and we have been saying for a while that 2008 will see us focusing more and more on this exciting competition.
"Our signing of such a fantastic talent as Shane Watson shows our clear intent to compete hard to be in the finals Day that we are so proudly hosting in July.?