ALL-ROUNDER Ross Whiteley has penned a new three-year contract with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Whiteley, 22, is enjoying a run in the first team having been retained on summer contracts since graduating from the Academy in 2007.
The new deal commits him to the County Ground until the conclusion of the 2014 season.
“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,” Whiteley explained.
“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.”
Whiteley won the Second XI Player of the Year Award in 2008 and has since enhanced his reputation as a clean striker of the ball and a useful left-arm bowler.
Last year he hit the headlines locally with a sensational innings of 204 not out from 117 balls, a knock that included 18 fours and 18 sixes and remains the fourth highest in the history of the Derbyshire Premier League.
He showed promise during the 2011 pre-season tour of Barbados and was rewarded with a place in the first team squad.
An accomplished 33 in the recent LV = County Championship match against Glamorgan followed a succession of impressive cameos in the Friends Life t20 competition.
Whiteley currently plays his club cricket for Swarkestone Cricket Club and was a star performer as Derbyshire’s Second XI narrowly missed out on Twenty20 Finals Day recently.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Ross has taken his first team opportunities well this season and he looks a very promising cricketer.
“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.”