Northamptonshire have signed right-arm seam bowler Sam Sweeney on a two-year contract.
The former Lancashire Under-19 player made his senior county debut for Northamptonshire in a Clydesdale Bank 40 group match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in August.
Sweeney, 21, also spent most of last season on trial at Wantage Road and the award of a professional contract follows some consistent performances in county Second XI cricket.
“I am pleased that Sam has signed a two-year deal with Northants Cricket. He has impressed the coaching staff through producing some encouraging performances in our Second Xl during 2011,” said Northamptonshire head coach David Capel.
“Sam is settling in Northampton well during the off-season and working hard on the physical and technical aspects of his game.”
Preston-born Sweeney has played Lancashire League cricket for East Lancashire in the past but he spent last summer with Woodhouses in the Lancashire County League.
“I’m very happy to have signed for Northants Cricket. I will try to push for a first team spot, while continuing to improve my all-round game,” Sweeney said.
“Everyone has been very welcoming since I arrived, and made me feel part of the team. I am looking forward to this challenge.”
* Northamptonshire, meanwhile, have moved another of next season’s fixtures to avoid fixture congestion at the Wantage Road.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Sussex, which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday June 5, has now been brought forward to Sunday May 20.