Seam bowler Sam Sweeney signs contract with Northants


Northants have signed last season's second XI seam bowler Sam Sweeney on a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old also made one first-team appearance in 2011, playing in Northants' five-wicket win over Warwickshire in the CB40.

Sweeney said: "Everyone has made me feel part of the team. I am looking forward to this challenge.

"I will try and push for a first XI spot, whilst continuing to improve my all-round game."

The Preston-born bowler previously played for Lancashire under-19s.

Head coach David Capel said: "Sam has impressed the coaching staff through producing some encouraging performances in our second Xl during 2011.

"He is settling in Northampton well during the off-season and working hard on the physical and technical aspects of his game."