England news October 17, 2008

Bairstow junior signs contract with Yorkshire

Cricinfo staff

Jonathan Bairstow: 'This is where the really hard work starts now' © Wisden

Jonathan Bairstow has followed in his father's footsteps by signing a two-year contract with Yorkshire.

Bairstow, son of David, the former Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper, turned 19 in September and was the inaugural winner of the 2007 Wisden Schools' Cricketer of the Year award. He enjoyed a fine 2008 season for Yorkshire seconds, scoring 308 runs at 61.60 in the Second XI Championship, and was understandably delighted in joining the club on a full-time basis.

"It's every Yorkshire boy's dream to play for this club and to sign my first contract is very special," he told Yorkshire's website.

"This is where the really hard work starts now, to move on in the professional ranks and do well enough to get into first team contention. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead."