Northants joy as Brooks signs new two-year deal

Fast bowler Jack Brooks has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year contract with Northamptonshire.

The 27-year-old former Oxfordshire player has been the subject of official 28-day approaches from five other counties, including Warwickshire and Yorkshire, but has now decided that his future lies at Wantage Road. “I’m very happy to know that my future lies here at Northants for the next two years,” Brooks said.

“The club has been great to me and I’m keen to repay their investment by helping Northants gain promotion to the top flight of the County Championship and challenge for trophies across all competitions in the coming months and seasons.

“I also believe this is the best place for me to continue to develop my all-round game as I strive to further my career. It’s very flattering to be courted by other clubs and I thank them for their interest but I’ve made this decision for purely cricketing reasons. I believe the club is going places.

“There are some talented youngsters here and I know that I’m one of the players the club is looking at to take Northamptonshire forward. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Brooks, who joined Northamptonshire two years ago, has taken two five-wicket hauls this season, both against Leicestershire. “This is an important signing for Northants, and one that is mutually exciting for Northants supporters and also for Jack himself,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.

“He’s done very well for us this year and it’s good that he is marrying his own ambitions with those of the club. It’s very pleasing that he has chosen to sign on for another two-year period.”

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