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CONTRACT LATEST: Sussex’s George Garton extends contract at Hove

23-Mar-2016

Sussex Cricket have announced that young bowling starlet George Garton has signed a new two-year extension to his contract, which will see him remain at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove until at least the end of the 2018 season.

18 year-old left-arm seamer Garton put pen to paper with Sussex back in November on a Junior Professional Contract, but the Brighton-born youngster has now extended his deal for a further two seasons.

Garton has progressed through the Sussex’s Youth and Academy ranks and first featured for England Under-19’s last summer against the touring Australians, before going on to spend some of this winter on the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) in South Africa.

He was also selected in the England Under-19 squad for the World Cup in February and impressed in the matches in which he was selected.

Garton said of his new contract, “Obviously I’m very happy. I’ve grown up playing my cricket here, from the Under-10’s team, right through to the Academy and I was delighted to sign a Junior Professional Contract at the end of last year.

“It’s now nice to have that comfort zone for the next three years, it’s a cushion that means I can focus and concentrate on what happens on the pitch, and to perform and play as much cricket as possible.”

Sussex’s Head Coach Mark Davis said, “George is a young player with a very bright future. His potential as an all-rounder is very exciting and he has already shown glimpses of his talent at England Under-19 level.

“To have a young Sussex lad who has come through the system sign a long-term contract is very exciting, and is testament to our youth system in Sussex.”

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