Warwickshire have confirmed the signing of all-rounder Alex Thomson for the 2018 season.
The decision follows after the 24-year-old had a successful trial during his stint with the English county club in the previous season.
Following his impressive performances for Staffordshire and 2nd XI Warwickshire side, he featured for the first team in the final away and home fixture against Yorkshire and Hampshire respectively in the previous season during which he managed 70 runs combined and picked a wicket as well.
Overall, Thomson has featured in six first-class games scoring 113 runs while snaring nine wickets in it.
Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC Ashley Giles believes Thompson's ability to contribute with both bat and the ball will benefit the club.
"Alex is a promising, young cricketer who came to our attention through our close partnership with Staffordshire Cricket, which has recently brought both Alex Mellor and Liam Banks into the senior squad.
“He boasts captaincy experience with both Cardiff MCCU and his club team (Leek CC) and has fitted very well into the dressing room since he came into the second XI in June.
“As an off-spinner and middle-order batsman, he gives us new options and we hope that he can build on his two senior performances at the end of last season and make major contributions across all formats."
Meanwhile, Thomson is delighted to remain with Warwickshire and is hoping to propel his career with the Edgbaston outfit.
“The players and cricket management team at Warwickshire have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I played my first second team game, and I’m very excited to be joining such a great club. However, I’m very aware that the hard work begins now and I’m looking forward to being part of my first pre-season programme with the club at Edgbaston.
“Winning my first professional contract is something that I’ve been working towards since I joined the MCCU programme in Cardiff, and I’m thrilled to achieve this goal.
“I would like to say a special thank you to everyone in the Cardiff MCCU team, particular the coaches Mark O’Leary and Graham Haines, for supporting me over the last four years, to Staffordshire Cricket, and also to my parents for getting me to so many youth team games and for their consistent support throughout.”
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