Kevin Pietersen will have a point to prove with Surrey this summer after being unceremoniously dumped by England, his long-time mentor and the county's new head coach believes.
The 33-year-old former Hampshire player is England's record run scorer but was dumped after the Ashes whitewash in Australia, bringing his vaunted international career to a close.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has not disclosed the full reasons for the parting of ways, with rumours of dressing-room fallouts and distrust, but Surrey expect only to benefit from Pietersen's input.
''He's a good enough player to prove a point in any format,'' Ford said.
''He'll certainly entertain and it will be great for the fans to come down and have a look at him and see just how good he is.
''Unfortunately he's got to move on from international cricket.
''The news was surprising. I don't really know what went on, but I have known Kevin for a long time and I've always found him to be a very positive individual and I'm sure he's going to be extremely positive in our dressing room.''