Worcestershire have confirmed that 21-year-old pace bowler Jack Shantry has signed a two-year full-time contract with the club taking him up to the end of the 2011 season.
Left-armer Shantry broke into the side earlier this year and has taken seven wickets in three first-class matches and five wickets in four One-Day games.
His brother Adam, also a pace bowler, currently plays at Glamorgan having also played for Warwickshire while their father Brian played for Gloucestershire in the 1970s. The two brothers could end up in opposition next year as Worcestershire have been relegated to the LV County Championship Division Two and Shantry has yet to play a Twenty20 Cup match, in which the two counties are usually grouped in the Wales/Mid/West Division.
Worcestershire look set to lose Kabir Ali, who was granted permission to talk to other clubs earlier in the month, and will lose Gareth Batty and Steven Davies to Surrey next season but they have been boosted by the signing up of Matthew Mason, Chris Whelan and now Shantry on new contracts recently.
Alan Richardson has also been signed from Middlesex while Simon Jones has not been offered a contract renewal.
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