Jonathan Clare Signs New Contract With Derbyshire

In-form Derbyshire all-rounder Jonathan Clare has penned a new contract which commits him to the Club until the end of 2009. Clare was originally signed on a one-year deal after his impressive breakthrough at the back end of the 2007 season but – after a promising start to the 2008 campaign – Head of Cricket John Morris decided to offer him an extended deal. The contract for the Lancashire-born youngster also contains the option for a further year into 2010 and – after making the best possible start to his first-class career with 15 wickets at 19.53 and 199 runs at 39.80 – Clare looks set for a long and successful future in the professional game. Clare burst onto the scene in the penultimate game of the 2007 season by recording a debut five-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire and he also impressed with a magic spell of three wickets for one run in the recent LV County Championship match against Essex. With the bat he began to fulfil his potential during last week’s match against Warwickshire with a half-century in each innings – the second of which was a brutal 64 scored from just 59 balls. Clare said: “Becoming a professional cricketer with Derbyshire was a dream come true and now having the security of at least two full seasons in which to prove myself is great for me. “I have worked hard at my game since signing the initial contract and I will continue to do so as I aim for a successful career with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.” Derbyshire Head of Cricket John Morris said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has signed a new and extended contract because he is a talented young cricketer and a potential star of the future. “Having broken into the team and showed so much promise at the end of last season and earned his first professional contract, Jonathan has worked very hard on his game and has earned this extended deal.” © Derbyshire CCC
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