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by Yorkshire CCC Tuesday 18 December 2018
Tattersall, 24, penned a provisional one-year extension for 2019 mid-way though the 2018 season, but has now put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.
The Harrogate-born, former England Under 19, made one first-team appearance in 2013, scoring a duck against Glamorgan in a one-day fixture, before being released at the end of 2015. However, he impressed after being invited back to play in the second team at the end of 2016 and likewise last season, earning himself a one-year deal for 2018.
A smiling Tattersall was delighted to have secured his medium-term future and told yorkshireccc.com: “It takes a lot off your shoulders and you can go out and work hard through the winter without worrying about whether or not you’re out of contract at the end of the following season.
“I’m glad I can put that period to behind me and get down to some hard work. Obviously, last season was brilliant and hopefully I can now push on. Three years is a good period of time to have at the club and hopefully I can help the county win some games of cricket.”
During his time away from Yorkshire, the right-hander impressed in league cricket both at home and abroad – for Harrogate and also for the New Town club in Tasmania. He also played Minor Counties cricket for Lincolnshire, had a trial with Derbyshire and learnt plenty.
Tattersall had previously captained Yorkshire at Under 17s, Academy and Second XI level between 2012 and 2014 as well as England Under 19s in 2013.
He added: “When you get released you don’t automatically think ‘I’ll go a way for a couple of years and come straight back’. I thought I’d have to look elsewhere and, maybe if I’d have done well for someone else, maybe Yorkshire would want me back.
“It didn’t pan out like that, but I remember when Martyn Moxon had that meeting with me when I got released and he said to me ‘this isn’t the end of Jonny Tattersall’ and that has been proven by me going away and working hard and the club taking me back. They know what I’m like as a character and I didn’t feel let down at all or that any bridges were burnt. I enjoy everybody’s company here, there’s lots of really nice people here as well as professionals. It just so happened it turned out like that and I’m grateful for it.
“It’s nice to contribute to the first-team, on that bigger stage at Yorkshire. It’s good that I’ve been able to produce performances which suggest I’ve got something that the coaches like.”
Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said: “It's a remarkable story. From last winter, when it was suggested about trying to get into the first-team as a wicket-keeper and working hard on it through the winter. I don’t think any of us expected him to have the success he did so quickly. It’s a remarkable rise and testament to his hard work and talent. He’s a model professional, a student of the game and has a very intelligent cricket brain and hopefully he’ll go from strength to strength now.”
Tattersall, who openly admits he had only kept as cover, once as a third choice stand-in for club side Harrogate, has certainly grabbed his second chance with both hands.
He continued: “It was a surprise to get a call-up with the gloves to be honest. I thought I’d have a chance at maybe getting in with the bat. I didn’t know what Hoddy’s (Andrew Hodd) plans were for the rest of the season, but it turned out I had a big part to play with the gloves. I was doing it more as something for the future, a long-term thing, but I think I surprised myself with how well I took to it which is great. Hopefully I can get some hundreds under my belt next year which is the next goal with me. I want to make a few more significant contributions with the bat too and not just the gloves.”
He made his First-Class and Championship debut in a pink ball draw at Hampshire and hit fifties against champions Surrey at Scarborough and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He also debuted in the T20 Blast against Durham in July and was an ever present throughout the campaign.
Ultimately, it proved to be a tough debut campaign with the Club battling relegation for large periods of the season, but Tattersall is confident a new period of success could be just around the corner for the White Rose.
Tattersall added: “You always have dribs and drabs through teams, through eras of play. We’ve maybe had that era of success and a group that won the Championship twice, and could have been three or four times on the bounce!
“We’re going through that phase now where some of the players have faded out and a new bunch have come through, who are all quite young.
“We always want to challenge for trophies and always will, that’s what this club is about. The way this crop of players is going, if we can get a bit more experience under our belts over the next couple of years then there’s no reason why we couldn’t have a legacy like that ourselves. So long as we put in the performances.”
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