County news August 13, 2009

Youngsters pen contracts with Worcestershire

Cricinfo staff

Worcestershire have secured contracts for three young players over the next two years.

David Wheeldon and Jack Manuel have signed two-year contracts while Richard Jones, the fast bowler, has penned a one-year deal with the club.

"All three players have really progressed this year. David has scored nearly 1000 runs in the 2nd XI and is a very determined young player," said Steve Rhodes, the director of Worcestershire cricket, said. "Richard came through a difficult winter but has shown the strength of character I want to see and his recent career best against Warwickshire was heartening.

"Jack Manuel is an England Under-19 player and is an aggressive batsman who has just finished school so is now able to become a professional cricketer."