The all-rounder makes the move from the Perth Scorchers after making his KFC Big Bash League debut in BBL|02.
Cartwright played 31 Big Bash matches for the Scorchers, accumulating 455 runs including an unbeaten 65 as his highest score which came against the Sydney Thunder in BBL|07.
Stars List Manager Trent Woodhill said Cartwright’s versality, with strengths in all three facets of the game, would provide the Stars with options.
“I’ve been a big fan of Hilton’s skill set for several years now. He’s a genuine three dimensional player. He can bat anywhere in the order, he’s a brilliant fielder and I think his bowling could be really handy for us," Woodhill said.
“I was particularly impressed by an innings he played for Middlesex at Lord’s last year where he scored 38 off 31 balls against Surrey on an up and down wicket to guide them to a win.
“Hilton has signed on for three seasons and I think at 27, we’re getting a player who is coming into his prime. I’m confident he will soon become a Stars favourite.”
On his signing, Cartwright said moving east during the Big Bash period would provide him with the opportunity to continue to develop his game.
“I’m looking forward to new challenges and getting down to Melbourne this summer to play for the Stars,” Cartwright said.
“I’ve heard great things about the Club’s environment from past and present players, including Michael Beer and Marcus Stoinis, and already know a few of the other guys through various teams I’ve been involved with.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Perth Scorchers for their support over the years. It was a tough decision to leave but one that I felt was right for the next phase of my cricket career.”
The Stars will continue to build their list with more announcements being made over the coming months ahead of the ninth BBL season.