Coad agrees new terms with White Rose
Ripon-based seamer Ben Coad has today signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.
The 24-year-old, whose rise has been quite remarkable, has now taken an impressive 103 wickets in just 24 First-Class fixtures at an average of 17.70.
Coad, who was capped in September this year, became the 182nd player to proudly wear the 11-petalled badge instituted by the great Lord Hawke. He scooped the 2018 Players’ Player of the Year award and looks central to the Club’s plans for years to come.
“I’ve always wanted to play at Yorkshire,” Coad told Yorkshireccc.com. “It has been something I’ve wanted from a very young age. It’s not only the biggest club in England, but probably the world. It’s a massive privilege to play here and a massive honour to sign an extension.”
Coad, who played through the Yorkshire age groups from U15s and is a product of the club’s Academy, has been a revelation for the White Rose despite several niggling injuries, highlighted by his inspirational contributions that went some way towards securing the club’s Division One status in 2018.
Having sporadically played first-team cricket since debuting in 2013, he finished a breakthrough summer of 2017 with 50 wickets in the County Championship and scooped three end of season awards, including Members’ and Players’ Player of the Year.
That aside, his mantra has always remained the same. Nothing taken for granted, the magnitude of maintaining his close relationship with the club not lost. Coad is looking forward to an exciting few years ahead with some of his closest friends as his team-mates.
“I’m not even trying to take it all in,” he continued. “I don’t want to get big-headed or anything like that. It’s about keeping doing what I’m doing. I’ve always thought I could perform at this level but a few years ago it was very hard to get in the team. I just got that break with a couple of injuries. I got a chance and I took it.
“It is the biggest county, the biggest club in the world and I’ve always dreamt about playing for Yorkshire. I don’t ever want to leave here.
“It’s a great place to be with mates I’ve grown up with for years and it’s the only place I want to play.
“As long as we stick together as a group and get a couple of years under our belts, more experience in Division One, then there will be exciting times coming. I know the quality of the lads coming through and what we can go on and achieve could be quite frightening.”
Coad’s flawless rise from the second to the first team started in the winter of 2017 and continued on that year’s pre-season tour to Dubai. And Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon is relishing the prospect of watching one of the White Rose’s leading lights shine even brighter in the coming years.
“To have Ben commit for the next few years is great news,” he said. “He has obviously had two outstanding seasons, particularly in County Championship cricket. Simply put, he has been a top performer for us and we’re delighted to have him on board until the end of 2021.
“He got his initial opportunity through injuries to others a couple of years ago and has never looked back. He worked hard at his cricket, being a little more aggressive with a wicket-taking mindset. That has worked so well for him and he has had two brilliant seasons, as well as a couple of injuries that have been a bit of nuisance, but when he has played he has taken wickets regularly.
“The challenge now is to keep him fit for a little bit longer. These niggling injuries have been his only setbacks, but that will get less and less as his body matures and he grows into bowling day-in, day-out in first-team cricket. When he’s fit, he’s the first name on the team-sheet, especially when it comes to Championship cricket.
“He's a model professional in the way he looks after himself, you can’t ask for any more. He’s going to give himself every chance of going as far as he can within the game.”