Gloucestershire have handed professional contracts to Michael Beard and Craig Miles, joining Graeme McCarter, who last week signed a two-year deal.
Miles, a 16-year-old bowling all-rounder, has signed a three-year contract while left-hand batsman Beard, 18, has signed for two years.
“I am very excited about these signings," Director of cricket John Bracewell told the club's official website (www.gloscricket.com).
"It is great to see our Academy system continue to produce players of this standard. The enthusiasm and determination of these players will be a great asset to the squad and their eagerness to learn and prove themselves on the professional stage should result in some exciting cricket. We are all looking forward to witnessing these players on their journey as they develop their skills.”
Miles said “I am delighted with being offered a contract. I would like to thank all the coaches at Gloucestershire for helping me get this opportunity and especially for David Simpkins for all of his time and effort. I can’t wait to get involved with the rest of the squad.”
Beard added: “I am really excited about the opportunity that has been given to me by Gloucestershire and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead over the next few years. I would like to thank Owen Dawkins, who I have worked with over the last 4 years in the Academy. He has helped develop my game a long way.”
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