Surrey have bolstered their top order batting and made a further commitment to talented youth by signing former Glamorgan batsman Tom Maynard.
The powerful right-hander, who turns 22 in March, has already played 93 first team games for Glamorgan, hitting two limited-overs centuries and a number of match-winning innings for the county of his birth.
He parted company with Glamorgan in December but the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard has now set himself a clear career path by agreeing a three-year deal with Surrey.
He joins an exciting and youthful Lions batting unit of Rory Hamilton-Brown, Jason Roy, Tom Lancefield, Arun Harinath, Gary Wilson, Matthew Spriegel, Steven Davies, Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari – all under-25s – who are pushing for places together with experienced batsmen Michael Brown, Mark Ramprakash and winter recruit Zander de Bruyn.
Maynard said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Surrey at such an exciting time and am looking forward to playing with some highly-regarded young talent as well as soaking up as much as I can from the richly-experienced and successful coaching staff.”
Commenting on his latest winter acquisition, Surrey’s professional cricket manager Chris Adams said: “Tom has been attracted here by a number of factors including the wicket and the fantastic history of the club, but most of all he had a sense of wanting to be at Surrey through what will be a very exciting time.
“We were painfully on the receiving end of what he is capable of last season and although this was not a signing we had planned for, it was an opportunity that was too good not to take and I am delighted that Tom is adding further depth to what is looking like a very strong squad.”
Surrey captain Hamilton-Brown said: “Tom is one of the best one-day batsmen around and exactly the sort of player we have been hoping to attract. It’s hugely exciting to have him here and I know he will make an impact both on the field and in the dressing room.”