Leicestershire have signed Essex batsman Rishi Patel on a three-year contract following a loan spell with the Foxes at the end of last season.
Patel, 22, featured in Leicestershire's final Bob Willis Trophy match against Yorkshire in September.
The right-hander has played in six first-class fixtures for Essex since making his first-team debut in 2019.
"I'm very excited to be joining Leicestershire," Patel said. "The club has a fantastic group of players."
Foxes head coach Paul Nixon added: "Rishi adds further competition to a young, hungry squad and we look forward to him scoring lots of runs for us,"