Wednesday 3 October 2007 

Sussex Sign Trio Of Youngsters

Sussex have extended current player Tom Smith's contract for one year and have also signed two new young players, Ben Brown and Will Beer.

All three players have come up through the ranks of the Academy structure at Sussex CCC.

Tom Smith said: "I am delighted to be kept on at the Club. I have had a fantastic first year and hope my career will flourish at Sussex."

Wicket-keeper Ben Brown said: "I am thoroughly delighted to make the step up from the Academy and can't wait to get stuck in next season."

Will Beer, a talented leg-spin bowler, said: "Getting on to the staff at Sussex has always been my ultimate ambition and I am extremely delighted and excited at the prospect of the season of being part of a Championship winning team."

Mark Robinson Pro Cricket Manager said: "One of the best parts of the job is telling young players that they are going to be given a chance to join the professional ranks. To give the opportunity to three home grown players is especially pleasing. Tom has been a solid performer in the second team all year and needs to be given time to learn his trade, similarly to leg-spinner Will Beer. Ben comes from a long line of wicket-keeping talent at Sussex and like those who have gone before him, has enormous potential with the bat as well as the gloves. All three of these young players are at the beginning of their careers and everything lies in front of them which is exciting for them and for us."

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