Cusden & Taylor Out As Needham Signs New Derby Deal

Simon Cusden and Chris Taylor have been released from their contracts at Derbyshire, while young all-rounder Jake Needham has penned a new two-year extension to his contract. Former Kent seamer Cusden joined the club in 2006 but has made only one first-class appearance this season and has been allowed to leave with immediate effect so he can pursue his options for next season. Former Yorkshire batsman Taylor has been wanting to leave for some time and the club has been forced to release him from his contract, which was due to expire next year. Chief Executive Tom Sears said: "We have made every effort to keep Chris at Derbyshire but ultimately we have had to allow him to leave which is very disappointing as he was part of our future plans." Meanwhile, off-spinner Needham, 20, is currently in his second season as a professional and has now committed his future to the club until 2009. Head of Cricket John Morris said: “Jake is a young player with real potential and quality and I am delighted that he has committed his future to the club. “Quality, young, English spinners are a rare commodity in the present day and we are lucky to have one as promising as Jake here at Derbyshire County Cricket Club. “Jake was actually under contract for another season but we felt that the progression he has shown this year was deserving of an improved and extended deal.” © Cricket World 2007
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