TOM POYNTON has become the third academy graduate in quick succession to sign a long-term contract with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The 21-year-old wicketkeeper has signed a three-year contract, tying him to the club until the end of the 2014 season.
Poynton made his List A and First Class debuts as a 17-year-old back in 2007 prior to winning England Under-19s recognition in 2008 and 2009 both at home and on tour in South Africa.
A winter with the Darren Lehman Academy in Australia saw Poynton make many improvements to his game in preparation for the 2011 season.
The work has come to fruition with a succession of impressive performances in second XI cricket culminating in his run-a-ball century against Durham in the most recent championship match.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Tom has been learning his trade as a wicketkeeper/batsman since completing the academy and he made particularly excellent strides in Australia during the winter.
“He is very natural with the gloves and an impressive stroke-maker with the bat. He is currently learning a lot from Luke Sutton and we see him as Luke’s natural successor behind the stumps.”