Former New Zealand test captain Daniel Vettori has confirmed he'll play the entire Twenty20 Big Bash League for Brisbane this summer.
The 34-year-old missed last year's title win for the Heat due to an Achilles tendon injury but is on the road back after surgery and will use the BBL as part of his plans to return to international cricket next year.
The left-arm spin bowler said he'd stay in Brisbane throughout the tournament and aims to play in all eight of the Heat's regular season games.
Heat coach Stuart Law said the team would only benefit from Vettori's experience and reputation as one of the best slow bowlers in limited overs cricket.
"Dan has an enormous amount to offer our club in both his playing skill and experience, but also his professionalism and insights off the field," Law said.
"We are very mindful of Dan's status and standing in New Zealand cricket the man is a legend and we will work closely with him to ensure he gets the sort of preparation he needs to get his 2014 plans off to a great start."
Vettori will be joined in the Heat squad by England's Craig Kieswetter as the Brisbane team aims to defend its crown this summer.
The Heat begin their campaign on December 22 in a repeat of last year's final when the Perth Scorchers travel to the Gabba.