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Hampshire sign ex-Kent captain Sam Northeast

Sam Northeast turned down contract extension with Kent
Sam Northeast turned down contract extension with Kent

Hampshire have confirmed the signing of former Kent skipper Sam Northeast on a four-year deal ahead of the 2018 season.

Northeast, who made his professional cricket debut with Kent in 2007 has amassed 8528 first-class runs from 136 matches scoring 19 centuries and 45 fifties and a highest score of 191. He was also named the club captain in 2015.

However, with the 28-year-old turning down an offer for a contract extension, Kent allowed Northeast to look for other options with Sam Billings appointed skipper of the St Lawrence Ground outfit across all the formats.

"I have had a really enjoyable 10 years at Kent and I would like to wish the club and its supporters the best of luck for the future," said Northeast.

"It was an honour to be the club captain for three years and I leave the club with many happy memories.

"At the same time, I am hugely excited about joining Hampshire. It is a club and a team with a very bright future, and I am really looking forward to making as big a contribution as possible towards the club's success.

"I hope this move will also help me push on to fulfil my dream of playing for England."

Hampshire will open their 2018 season with a clash against Worcestershire in Southampton on 13th April.

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