Northamptonshire have given former Gloucestershire and Middlesex seamer David Burton the chance to resurrect his county career.
The 25-year-old, who played for Northamptonshire in the final County Championship match of last season against Leicestershire at Wantage Road, has impressed on trial this season and has now signed a one-year contract.
Burton played for Northamptonshire’s first team again in last weekend’s two-day tour match against India and took the wicket of Virender Sehwag.
Fast bowler Burton has taken 27 wickets in ten Second XI matches so far this season and also scored 99 against Worcestershire at Wantage Road.
“I’m thrilled to have earned a contract with Northamptonshire. As a lot of people know, I’ve been working hard for a long time, trialling and playing 2nd XI cricket for Northants and other counties,” Burton said. “It’s great that Northants have stuck by me over the past couple of seasons.
“I know the performances have to remain consistent in the first XI and hopefully I can continue to work hard and contribute to the team over the next season.”
Burton made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire in 2006 and played 12 first team matches for Middlesex in all competitions in 2008 and 2009.
“David has worked really hard and put in some good performances for the second team,” said Northamptonshire head coach David Capel. “He is not shy of putting the work in, he wants to invest in his future and has done it all off his own back.
“ It gives me a lot of pleasure to reward his tenacity and the attitude he has shown to his cricket.”