Brisbane Heat has secured the signature of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

The Black Caps skipper has signed a three-year deal with the Heat, making him one of the biggest signings of BBL05.

McCullum played three matches with Brisbane in the first season of the Big Bash League, and returns this coming season, under the tutelage of former teammate Daniel Vettori.

The 33-year-old, who is one of the best T20 batsmen in the world, said he is excited about playing for the Heat once again.

“I’m certainly looking forward to linking up with the Heat again,’’ he said.

“The competition has really developed quickly...the standard is right up there with the best in the world.

“When Dan broached the idea of a longer term deal, I was pretty open to things. My wife comes from Lismore and our family have spent a fair bit of time over there during the past few years.”