County news August 26, 2010

Gloucestershire sign young New Zealand bowler

Cricinfo staff

Gloucestershire have signed James Fuller, a 20-year-old pace bowler from New Zealand, on a three-year contact.

Fuller plays for Otago but was born in South Africa and holds a British passport which means he doesn't qualify as an overseas player. He has also been part of the New Zealand Under-19 team and joined a full training squad in 2010. John Bracewell, the former New Zealand player and coach, is currently in charge at Gloucestershire and links between the two are strong.

"The opportunity of playing cricket for Gloucestershire under John Bracewell, on so many famous grounds, and amongst such great players is truly the chance of a lifetime," Fuller said. "I am extremely grateful to Gloucestershire for having faith in me, and look forward to repaying that through my pace bowling, and allrounder ability".

James Franklin and Hamish Marshall are part of the current Gloucestershire side and Bracewell was looking forward to his latest New Zealand recruit. "It is great news to have signed James as he has enormous potential as a pace bowler and ball striker," he said. "He is a genuine athlete who has chosen cricket as his profession and Gloucestershire will reap the benefit."