Tuesday 5 July 2011 

Whiteley Signs New Three-Year Derbyshire Contract

Whiteley Signs New Three-Year Derbyshire Contract
Whiteley Signs New Three-Year Derbyshire Contract
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Derbyshire all-rounde Ross Whiteley has signed a new three-year contract at the club which will keep him in Falcons colours until the end of the 2014 season.

Whiteley, 22, has signed his first full-time contract having graduated from the Academy in 2007 and been on summer contracts since then.

He won the Second XI Player Of The Year award in 2008 and has recently been given a run in the first team.

In 2010, he scored 204 not out in 117 balls in a Derbyshire Premier League match and then followed that up with strong performances during the 2011 pre-season tour to Barbados.

As part of his contract, he will sit his Level 1 and Level 2 coaching badges and deliver 20 hours coaching per year to Derbyshire's Academy and age-group cricketers.

"Ross has taken his first team opportunities well this season and he looks a very promising cricketer," head coach Karl Krikken said.

"As a player who can strike the ball very cleanly and swing it bowling left-arm, he can be a valuable commodity for us for years to come."

Chairman Chris Grant said: "Following the recent signing of Tom Knight on a long-term contract, this new deal for Ross is the next step as we implement the policy of backing our home grown players.

"Having patiently waited for his opportunity and earning his current place in the first team on merit, Ross is already a shining example of how we want our young players to develop. His career will now be given every opportunity to go from strength-to-strength."

Whiteley added: "I have enjoyed being part of the first team this season immensely and it is where I want to be for the rest of my career.

"To be given three full seasons to develop as a cricketer and to prove myself in the county game is a fantastic opportunity and I intend to grasp it with both hands."

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