Wednesday 16 July 2008 

Greg Smith Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

Derbyshire’s exciting young all-rounder Greg Smith has penned a new two-year contract with the county.

The 25-year-old former South Africa youth international has missed much of the current first-class campaign through injury but was in sparkling form during the recent Twenty20 Cup and was one of only five players to score a century in the tournament.

Smith is Johannesburg born and he began his first-class career with Griqualand West before moving to England to further his career in 2004.

Having now completed the residency period, he is currently in the process of seeking British citizenship and in the mean time is registered as a Kolpak player.

A naturally aggressive strokemaker – who is also one of the best fielders at the club and can bowl medium-pace and off-spin with equal distinction – Smith was the Phantoms’ Limited Overs Player of the Year in 2007 after scoring 424 runs and taking 14 wickets during the course of the season.

Head of Cricket John Morris said: “Greg showed what a talented player he is during the recent Twenty20 Cup and I am delighted to be keeping him at the club for a further two years.

“The challenge for him now is to become a consistent four-day player and the club will work with him to help him achieve that goal.

“We are currently waiting on his British qualification to be sorted but hopefully that is imminent and Greg can enjoy a successful career as an England-qualified cricketer.”

Smith said: “Signing a new contract is a terrific boost after what has been a difficult season for me so far having missed so much cricket through injury.

“Happily I am back on the field now and hopefully I can stay injury free and play a part in a successful Derbyshire team for the remainder of this season and beyond.

“We have a talented squad here with a terrific team spirit and ambitious plans for the future. I am delighted and excited to be a part of that.”

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