Saxelby heads up young guns’ commitment to Glos

Ian Saxelby has signed a new three-year contract with Gloucestershire to confirm his resurgence after a serious shoulder problem.

And three more of the club’s promising young players – David Payne, Ian Cockbain and Liam Norwell – have all agreed extensions to their previous agreements.

Payne, Cockbain and Norwell were already under contract for next season. Payne has been awarded two more years on top of that, while Cockbain and Norwell have each had another year added on.

Saxelby was out of contract and the length of his new deal is reward for taking 49 County Championship wickets during the summer.

He had missed the previous season after dislocating his right shoulder while away with the England Performance squad and then suffering the same injury again, which led to surgery.

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson is delighted that all four players have committed themselves to the club after showing immense promise during the 2011 season.

He said: “Ian Saxelby has come back from a serious injury to demonstrate his immense potential and is a mature head on young shoulders.

“David Payne played a lot of first team cricket and is developing all the time so we are very pleased that he sees a bright future with us.

“Ian Cockbain put in some very good performances in all forms of cricket, while Liam Norwell made a very impressive start to his career before unfortunately getting injured.

“We are fully committed to backing the young players who performed so creditably in the Championship for us this summer, while looking to help them develop their one-day skills.”

Left-arm seamer Payne took 42 wickets in his first season of four-day cricket, while another member of the pace attack, Norwell, began with 6 for 46 on his debut against Derbyshire before missing most of the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Batsman Cockbain averaged 34.33 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and 25.54 in the Friends Life t20, while also scoring 542 Championship runs.

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