Monday 16 April 2012 

Buck Pens Leicestershire Extension

Buck Pens Leicestershire Extension
Buck Pens Leicestershire Extension
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Leicestershire seamer Nathan Buck has agreed a one-year extension to his existing contract, meaning that he will stay with the club until at least the end of the 2013 season.

The 20 year-old is yet another product of Leicestershire’s Academy and the club were understood to be keen to secure his future at Grace Road as they anticipate interest from in other counties in the future. 

He made his first-team debut in 2009 at the age of 17 and enjoyed a stellar 2010 during which he took 49 first-class wickets at an average of 27.35. Unfortunately he couldn’t follow that up in 2011, where he struggled with injury, and ended with just 25 wickets at 47.88 apiece. However, the England selectors are obviously impressed by his potential and he toured extensively with the Lions last winter taking 16 wickets in nine unofficial internationals.

Chief executive Mike Siddall said, “We are all delighted that Nathan has signed an extension to his contract. He had an exceptional winter with England Lions and we look forward to him continuing that form for Leicestershire when he is fully fit."

Buck, who is currently out of action with a back injury, added, “I’m really pleased to commit my future to Leicestershire CCC and look forward to getting back onto the field soon. The lads have had a great start to the season and I can’t wait to contribute to it. It has been a frustrating time but I’m staying positive.”

In other news, the club have revealed that captain Matthew Hoggard will see a specialist to establish the extent of a hand injury he sustained during training last week. The injury could be serious enough to cause him to miss this week’s Championship match against Derbyshire.

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