The promising young Kent all-rounder Matt Coles has signed a new, extended contract which ties him to the club until the end of the 2013 season.
Coles, 20, enjoyed a highly creditable first full season with Kent in 2010, scoring 378 first-class runs at 22.23, with a top score of 51, and taking 27 wickets at 38.51.
Increasingly during the summer, due to injuries to more senior pace bowlers, he found himself taking a central role – both in County Championship and one-day cricket – but stood up to the test eye-catchingly well.
The player is delighted at the new deal, which marks him out as a key member of the homegrown younger generation which, Kent hope, will start to impact on improved fortunes at the club.
Maidstone-born Coles said: “I am very pleased to have signed this extension and look forward to playing for Kent for at least the next three years. I have enjoyed my time with the club and wanted to show my commitment by signing this new deal.”
Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Farbrace, added: “I am delighted that Matt has chosen to sign a three-year contract. It is an excellent signing for us as a club, and also shows that we are determined to hang on to our very best young players.
“Matt made great strides last year and moved his game on nicely. He has shown a real desire to play for Kent and I think the supporters enjoyed seeing him give nothing less than 100 per cent in every match last summer.”
Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “Matt delivered more than was expected of him in his first year and demonstrated he has huge potential.
“We want to make sure he maximises this potential and that he enjoys his journey with us. He has the ability and approach that will endear him to Kent supporters, who can now watch his development over the next three years and hopefully beyond.”