Thursday 17 July 2008 

Dan Redfern Signs First Professional Contract

England Under 19s international Dan Redfern has signed a two-year professional contract with Derbyshire.

The contract which begins at the start of next year is the first full-time contract of the 18-year-old left-hander’s career and it ties him to the county until the conclusion of the 2010 campaign.

Redfern’s game has been developed in the Derbyshire Academy and – after making his first team debut in 2006 at the age of just 16 – he has since made five first-class and eight limited overs appearances for the county.

A product of Leycett Cricket Club in Shropshire, Redfern has played 11 youth one-day internationals for England.

His most recent first-class performance was his best as the youngster scored 43 and 51 against a Northamptonshire attack containing South Africa internationals Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje.

Redfern has also shown promise with his right-arm off-breaks and he dismissed prolific Somerset batsman James Hildreth in each innings of an LV County Championship match at the County Ground in 2007.

Head of Cricket John Morris commented: “Dan is an exceptionally talented young cricketer with everything in-front of him so his we are delighted to have given him his first professional contract.

“Credit goes to Karl Krikken for nurturing his talent through the Academy and it is great for Derbyshire that we have a player who is consistently involved in the England Under 19s setup.”

Redfern said: “All of the time spent on the Academy and working on my game has been geared towards the hope of earning a professional contract so I am delighted that it has now happened.

“I have enjoyed the tasters of first team cricket that I have been given so far and I am immensely looking forward to competing for a more regular place as a full-time professional cricketer.

“Derbyshire have shown a lot of faith in me and I am now aiming to repay that in runs and wickets.”

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