New Derbyshire contract for Redfern

DAN Redfern has signed a new three year contract with Derbyshire.

The 21-year-old left-hander has enjoyed his most productive season in 2011 scoring 775 runs in 13 first-class matches, at an average of 31, with seven half-centuries.

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.

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 19’s 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.”

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 said: “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.”