17-year-old left-arm spinner Tom Knight has signed a three-year contract with Derbyshire after an impressive start to his career.
Following strong form in the second team in 2010, he was given a chance to impress in the Friends Life t20, taking five wickets in his first three matches.
He took the wicket of Adam Voges with the fourth ball of his senior Derbyshire career, going on to take three for 16 against Worcestershire.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have already recognised Knight's talent by giving him a place on the Elite Development Programme.
His new three-year contract will begin when his current summer contract ends and take him through to the end of the 2014 season.
“After recently announcing our future cricket strategy which included a strong commitment to backing our home grown players, Tom is a perfect early example of the implementation of that policy," chairman Chris Grant said.
“He earned his place in the team on merit, but once there he was given full backing as the reward has been a trio of impressive early performances.
“Having signed this new contract, Knight will now be given the Club’s full support and a pathway to a long and successful career.
“Everything about this contract sets a blueprint for the way we want to progress with our young cricketers from now on.”
Head Coach Karl Krikken added: “Tom is a very talented young player and we are delighted to have secured his future as a Derbyshire cricketer.
“He has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the first team and long may that continue.
“Of course there will be ups and downs throughout his career but we back his talent and our judgement that he will enjoy a successful career and hopefully represent Derbyshire for many years.”
© Cricket World 2011