Worcestershire are confident they will make another overseas signing within the next few days after West Indies pace bowler Fidel Edwards agreed to join them for the second half of the 2008 campaign.
The 26-year-old will join up with the Pears after his country's Test series with Australia and is expected to make his debut in the LV County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire at New Road on July 10.
Edwards has taken 75 wickets in 30 Test matches plus 44 one-day international victims in 33 matches and will form part of a formidable attack alongside the England duo of Simon Jones and Kabir Ali plus Australian paceman Matt Mason who has recovered from a shoulder problem.
The county has made a quick response after failing to land procure Shane Bond who has joined Hampshire.
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "We are very pleased about getting Fidel and have managed to react very quickly to the situation of last week when we failed to sign Shane Bond.
"The most important thing about Fidel is he wants badly to play county cricket so his attitude will be fantastic and he is obviously a good bowler, a very quick bowler.
"I think he will fit well with the seam attack we have got which is looking pretty strong at the moment. Fidel has been on the radar for some time. Although we were going down the Shane Bond route, he has been one we've had our eye on as well."
Newton added: "The other overseas player will also be a bowler, a seam bowler. We are making progress on that and the signing of Fidel is the first part of the jigsaw done."
Edwards said: "I am very excited to be coming to Worcestershire as I have been waiting a long time to play county cricket. I have heard it is hard work but I like it when I am being tested.
"It's going to be a learning experience for me and I am willing to give the task whatever experience I have gained from playing Test cricket."
Steve Rhodes, the Worcestershire director of cricket, said: "Fidel is an international strike bowler with 30 Test matches under his belt who has the ability to bowl at 90 mph. His pace and aggression will suit Worcestershire for the second half of the season when the wickets have dried out. He is exciting to watch and will add even more venom to our bowling attack."