Ross Whiteley has capped a special September by signing a three year contract with Derbyshire.
The 24-year-old, who followed the recent LV= County Championship triumph with selection for the England Sixes side, becomes the first player that starred in the title winning team to commit to a new deal as the Club focuses on securing the future of key players in the wake of promotion.
Whiteley, who is a graduate of the Club’s Academy, scored 498 runs and took 20 wickets in first-class cricket in 2012, as well as catching the eye with a fine unbeaten half-century versus South Africa in August.
The big-hitting all-rounder played a critical hand in the title clinching victory over Hampshire with match figures of 4 for 43 and unbeaten scores of 57 and 38.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “It’s great to be able to secure the services of Ross for the next few seasons and we’re working behind the scenes towards more new contracts in the near future.
“Ross is a rapidly developing home grown cricketer who has come of age during the past two seasons and has the potential to achieve great things during his future career with the Club. He is a great advert for our Academy system.”
Whiteley is preparing to represent England in the Honk Kong Sixes competition on 27th and 28th October, sandwiched by a winter furthering his cricketing education in South Australia.
He added: “With a championship winner’s medal and an international call-up, followed quickly by a new contract that illustrates the club’s faith in me, it’s fair to say I’m a very happy cricketer.
“To achieve something so special alongside such a great group of guys in 2012 was a real career highlight and I can’t wait to come back and get stuck into First Division cricket next summer.”
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