Youthful trio’s services secured by Leicestershire

Leicestershire have secured the services of Rob Taylor, Ned Eckersley and Paul Dixey, three players who made first team breakthroughs last season.

All-rounder Taylor, who is still studying at Loughborough University, has signed a summer contract for 2012 with wicketkeeper-batsman Eckersley agreeing a two-year deal and former Kent wicketkeeper Dixey a one-year contract.

Dixey and Eckersley played as trialists throughout last season, initially in Leicestershire’s second team, but both were given first team opportunities in the second half of the season.

Eckersley, a former MCC Young Cricketer, made his maiden first-class century in the final match of the season against Middlesex at Grace Road.

“What I liked about both Paul and Ned is that they came here with the right attitude,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase. “They got on with playing cricket and didn’t get embroiled with any other issues. They were here to show what they could do.

“They are both the type of cricketers we want to bring to the club. They have a good work ethic, go out and perform and are good lads in the changing room. We think that they have got a lot to offer.”

Taylor will start next season with Loughborough University before he returns to Grace Road. “Rob did well at the back end of last season,” added Whitticase. “There is a lot more to come, particularly from his bowling. He will link up with (bowling coach) Lloyd Tennant over the winter but I also feel his batting will get better and better.”

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