DAN REDFERN has signed a new three year contract with Derbyshire.
The 21-year-old left-hander has enjoyed his most productive season, scoring 775 runs in 13 first-class matches, at an average of 31, with seven half-centuries.
Redfern made his List A debut at the age of 16, played first-class cricket for the first time a year later and represented England Under-19s in two Tests and 21 one-day internationals.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Dan has matured as a batsman during the current campaign and produced runs for the team on a consistent basis, often when the pressure was on.
“He is a player with a huge amount of talent and we are delighted to have secured his services on a three year deal.”
Fellow Academy graduates Ross Whiteley, Tom Poynton, Tom Knight and Paul Borrington have also signed long-term deals recently – all of which include contracted hours of coaching with the current Academy and age-group squads.
Club chairman Chris Grant added: “It is testament to the work that has taken place on the Academy in recent years that Dan – and several of his fellow Academy graduates – are now becoming established members of the senior squad.”
Redfern added: “It has been an enjoyable season and great to see young players get their opportunity and play a leading role in the First XI.
“With a young and talented squad, who are very much together as a unit, Derbyshire is an exciting place to be at the present time and I’m looking forward optimistically to the new season.”