Bears old boy Alan Richardson started his career with Staffordshire
Middlesex fast bowler Alan Richardson will join relegated Worcestershire for the start of the 2010 season.
Former Warwickshire man Richardson, 34, who has been at Middlesex for the past five seasons, has agreed a two-year contract at New Road.
The arrival of the Staffordshire-born paceman could help offset the departure of their two main strike bowlers.
Kabir Ali has been a target for several counties, as has injury-hit Simon Jones, who was not offered a new deal.
Richardson, who hails from Newcastle-under-Lyme, started his county career with Derbyshire in 1995, playing just one game.
He then spent the next three years playing Minor Counties cricket with his native Staffordshire before moving to Edgbaston in 1999.
I have really enjoyed my time at Middlesex but I feel the time is right to move closer to home
He spent five years with Warwickshire, taking 163 first-class wickets at 32.87, and has added another 142 for Middlesex at 27.02 in his injury-hit time at Lord's.
But he has played just six Championship games for Middlesex this season, taking 11 wickets, and has made only a handful of appearances in limited-overs cricket.
Richardson said: "I am really excited at the prospect of playing with Worcestershire. The opportunity to work with Steve Rhodes and Vikram Solanki was too good to miss.
"I am now looking forward to the challenges ahead and playing good cricket at a Club I have always felt welcome at.
Apart from being a fine bowler in his own right, he will bring his vast experience and positive attitude
"I have really enjoyed my time at Middlesex but I feel the time is right to move closer to home and playing at Worcestershire gives me the opportunity of doing this."
Director of cricket Rhodes added: "I have long been an admirer of Alan's bowling ability so to secure his services is a real boost.
"Apart from being a fine bowler in his own right, he will bring his vast experience and positive attitude which can only help at this stage of the team's development."
Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser confirmed that they had offered Richardson new terms.
"Middlesex offered Alan a coaching/player role within the club," said Fraser. "But it is Alan's desire to continue playing."