Left-arm spinner Tom Smith has signed a three-year contract with Gloucestershire CCC
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
TOM SMITH has signed a three-year contract with Gloucestershire following a successful loan spell with the club.
The 26-year-old left-arm spinner has played in all formats of the game since moving from Middlesex on a temporary basis and has proved himself a more than useful lower order batsman as well as a very effective bowler.
Smith said: “I am really excited about joining Gloucestershire permanently. It has been a great three months on loan and to be staying here for the next three seasons is a fantastic challenge for me.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my loan time and to have the opportunity to join this young and exciting squad was an easy decision to make.”
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: “I am delighted Tom has agreed to sign a contract. We are pleased with the progress he has made since joining us and the all-round skills that he is starting to show.
“He controls the scoreboard when he bowls in all forms of the game and I rate him highly. His batting has been somewhat neglected in the past, but he has played a number of promising innings for us and will be useful in that respect too.”
• Gloucestershire have been drawn in Group A of next year’s new 50-over competition.
They will play Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Essex, Lancashire and Hampshire once each with the top four going through to the quarter-finals.
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