Ed Barnard: Worcestershire seamer signs new three-year deal
Worcestershire seam bowler Ed Barnard has become the latest player to agree a new contract with the county.
Barnard, 19, has been a regular in one-day cricket in his debut season at New Road and played his maiden first-class match against Hampshire in June.
"I am thrilled. Worcestershire is a great place to play," said Barnard, who has signed a three-year deal until the end of the 2018 season.
"I'm delighted to sign and I see myself playing here for a long time."
|Ed Barnard's breakthrough season|
|A graduate of the club's academy, Shropshire-born Barnard made his debut against Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast group stages on 22 May. In 14 games, he took six wickets with an economy rate of 8.58.|
|He has played two first-class matches, taking three wickets against Hampshire on debut and two against Nottinghamshire.|
|Barnard struck his first senior half-century (51) in the One-Day Cup game against Somerset in July and has picked up 11 List A wickets.|
"I've been happy with the way I've played this season and it's been good to get a reward with a new contract," Barnard added.
"We've shown throughout the season that the youngsters are very strong here and we've got a good nucleus of players that hopefully in the next three or four years will be challenging for titles and trophies."
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes added: "Ed is another product of our academy which is testament again to the work by the coaches.
"As a 19-year-old, he has played every one-day game this year which is a remarkable effort from him.
"He is multi-skilled with bat and ball and in the field and I'm looking forward to working with him over this next three years and trying to enhance such a bright prospect."