Published: 11:59, 05 October 2011
Exclusive by Glenn Pearson
Promising teenage off-spinner Adam Riley has commited his future to Kent by signing a three-year contract.
The news the 19-year-old (pictured), one of eight players out of contract at the end of this year, has signed a new deal will come as a boost to the county, which comes a week after watching batsmen Joe Denly and Martin van Jaarsveld depart the club.
Riley, who made his first-class debut against Northamptonshire at Canterbury in May, went on to make four LV= County Championship appearances this summer, which included acting as the number one spinner in the absence of the injured James Tredwell.
The Sidcup-born tweaker, who is in the first year of studying Geography and Sports Management at Loughborough University, is pleased to have tied up his future with the county.
“I have signed a deal,” he confirmed. “I’m very keen to stay at Kent for the future and have signed a contract. It’s great the club have backed me and is a great confidence boost.”
Elsewhere, batsman James Goodman has turned down the offer of a contract to pursue a career outside cricket.
The 20-year-old becomes the third player to leave the club, following Martin van Jaarsveld and Joe Denly’s exits last week. Goodman, who made his Kent debut in 2007, has decided to take up a job at a publishing company in London before reapplying for a place at university next September.
Chris Piesley, 19, who made his LV= County Championship debut against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham this year has signed a new contract to stay at Kent.
Academy youngsters Ivan Thomas, Benedict Kemp and Fabian Cowdrey, grandson of Colin Cowdrey, have all signed professional contracts with the county.