Having been released by Durham, 23-year-old quick bowler Luke Evans has signed a two-year contract with Northamptonshire, the club he represented as a loan signing in 2010.
He joins experienced Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas as the club look to boost their pace-bowling options and upon joiing the Steelbacks, Evans said:
This is a very exciting time for me as a young cricketer. Over the last few seasons at Durham, there sadly hasn’t been enough opportunity to play first XI cricket so it was something I needed to address.
“There is certainly no animosity between myself and Durham, quite the opposite in fact, but to have the chance to come to Northants and play, somewhere which of course I’m already familiar with, is absolutely fantastic.
"I look forward to contributing to the team’s success and I’ve got my own ambitions that I’m desperate to fulfil. To achieve those goals as a Steelback would be a great honour.”
Head coach David Capel said: “I am delighted to be signing Luke as he is a young, tall fast bowler with enormous potential.”
“I have noticed among his many attributes that he has a desire, determination and commitment to perform wholeheartedly for his team and I look forward to him becoming a big asset to Northants for the foreseeable future.”
Chief Executive Mark Tagg added, “We are delighted to welcome Luke back to the County Ground after his short stay with us last season. He will add strength and depth to our playing ranks and will hopefully make the best of his opportunity here.”
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