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Five young Kent cricket stars get contract extensions

Kent cricketer Alex Blake
Kent cricketer Alex Blake

Five young Kent Cricket Club players have signed contract extensions.

Alex Blake, James Goodman, Matt Coles, Phil Edwards and Warren Lee have all agreed to extend their present deals.

Blake, pictured top right, who forced his way into the Championship and one-day squads last season, is clearly happy to be continuing his career with Kent

The England under-19 all-rounder is highly rated and already looking forward to the 2010 season. He said: "I’m pleased to be carrying on my career at Kent. I realise that I still have a lot to learn and will work on on this over the winter because next season is an important one for me."

Fellow England under-19 all-rounder Goodman, 18, has also put pen-to-paper, along with Coles, 19.

Both came through the ranks at Kent and new head coach, Paul Farbrace said: "Kent is a special place to play your cricket – not only because of the team spirit shown by all the players and management but also the fantastic support shown by all of our members and supporters."

Kent cricketer Warren Lee
Kent cricketer Warren Lee

Bowlers Lee, 22, pictured bottom right, and Edwards, 25, have also been rewarded with new deals.

Farbrace, who has replaced Graham Ford as coach, is encouraged that the players have chosen to stay.

He added: "The five players agreeing contract extensions is fantastic news. Not only are these players developing as cricketers, they are also Kent through and through and understand what the club is about and where we are looking to go in the future.

"They all have a lot of hard work ahead of them but the rewards are there if they are prepared to put the effort in."

Director of Cricket Graham Johnson added: "We hope that the five players will continue to develop throughout next season and show the Kent members and supporters just what qualities they possess.

"We are, with the support of Kent Cricket Board, fully committed to producing talented young cricketers and this is demonstrated by these new signings. With recent changes made by ECB regarding England qualified players, this is a great time for young home grown players to make their mark.”

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