Yorkshire sign batsman Will Fraine from Notts

William Fraine bats for Notts Getty Images

Yorkshire have signed Will Fraine on a three-year contract. Fraine, a top-order batsman, made 11 appearances for Nottinghamshire during 2018 after signing a summer contract.

Fraine was previously involved with Yorkshire's age-group teams, and captained Durham's MCCU team. He has been described as "a medium to long-term signing" by Yorkshire's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, with the club looking to rebuild after a difficult season.

Notts, who have signed established batsmen Ben Slater, Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke for 2019, had offered the 22-year-old a new contract but Fraine has chosen to return to his home county.

"There's always that pull of being a Yorkie lad," Fraine said. "All my friends speak of one day playing for Yorkshire. I never thought it would happen because I made my own way elsewhere.

"It was a difficult decision but the opportunities and the place where the club is going, was too much of a pull. Settling back in with the lads that I've known growing up makes me very happy with the decision I've made.

"Yorkshire have a rich history and, despite the supporters and club being aware of transition, with the new talent they've brought in and the existing quality that is already there, it could be a really exciting place to be within the next two or three years."

After recovering to finish fifth in the Championship, Yorkshire face a transitional period with a number of players coming and going. Opener Alex Lees has departed for Durham, while Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks left for Surrey and Somerset respectively - although the club were buoyed by Adil Rashid signing a new one-year deal.

On Fraine's signing, Moxon said: "He's a talented young batsman. He's very much someone with the future in mind and hopefully he'll develop in to an outstanding cricketer for us. He's Yorkshire born and bred and has been in our system as a junior, so it's good to have him back. He's looking forward to getting back here with us and we're looking forward to having him back with us.

"We're trying to build a squad for now and for the future. He's a medium to long-term signing for us. He's going to be challenging for places for us but there's no guarantees. We see him as someone for the future and we're building up a group of really good young batsmen that we'll see the best of in coming years."