South African speedster Dane Paterson has become the latest player to take the Kolpak route as he is in the final stages of signing a contract with an unnamed English county.
The news of Paterson's move to England's domestic circuit was broken by Cape Cobras franchise head coach Ashwell Prince.
The former Test batsman was explaining the reason behind Paterson's omission from the list of contracted players released by Cobras for the 2020-21 season on Monday.
If the deal is sealed, Paterson will have to wait for a piece of the action in England's County Championship after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organisers to postpone the competition to the end of May.
The 31-year-old has turned out for South Africa in a handful of internationals with his most recent appearances coming against England in the home Test series earlier this year.
Paterson picked four wickets across two games and was not considered for selection in the subsequent limited-overs assignments against England and Australia.
His exclusion from the white-ball setup is believed to have convinced him to utilise the Kolpak ruling as dozens of compatriots before him have done so.
Under the Kolpak system, players from countries with trade agreements with the European Union could play sport in the EU without being categorised as overseas players.
Kolpak deals, however, are set to become a thing of the past in England following Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
Paterson's timely move to England thus could make him the last cricketer to avail this opportunity, though he could continue to feature in the country's domestic circuit as a foreign recruit.
A Cape Cobras spokesperson added that Paterson's signing was subject to approval from the England and Wales Cricket Board.