Essex have confirmed that 17-year-old pace bowler Reece Topley has signed a new one-year contract with the club following an outstanding start to the season.
At the same time, South African quick bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been released from his contract early, with coach Paul Grayson unimpressed with his performance.
Topley is set to make a decision on his academic future at the end of the 2011 season, which he began with five-wicket hauls against Kent and Middlesex before having to return to his studies.
"I am really happy and excited to have signed a contract with the Club," he said.
"This is where I have been playing since the age of nine years old and I’ve grown up watching the players, which I now play alongside. In the future, I look forward to performing for Essex and developing as a player with the Club."
Tsotsobe took just five wickets at an average of 77.60 in eight first-class appearances for Essex and Grayson explained:
"We have given him a great opportunity to come over to England and play county cricket. He has to look at himself since being over here and realise that he hasn’t made the most of a great environment to play cricket with a good set of players. His work rate and attitude hasn’t been up to the standard I would expect of someone with his experience as an International cricketer.
Essex Chief Executive, David East added: "The club has spoken with Lonwabo about the recent comments he made on Twitter which it considered inappropriate. Lonwabo has assured us that his comments were not intended to be derogatory towards the Club, and that they have been misinterpreted. He has stated that the intention in his tweets was to express disappointment with his own personal performance whilst at Essex."
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