Yorkshire’s burgeoning pace bowler Ben Coad has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Headingley until December 2018.
Coad, currently top of the Specsavers County Championship’s Most Valuable Player Rankings, has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season, claiming 18 wickets at a rate of 11.77 in the opening two rounds.
His impressive figures include three five-wicket hauls and most recently, figures of 10-102 in an innings victory over Warwickshire.
The 23-year-old, who had played only one Championship match before this season, told yorkshireccc.com: “It’s a little bit surreal but it’s been a great start for me. I just hope that momentum keeps going with me.
“My confidence is growing with every ball and I hope it lasts. I feel like I can’t put a foot wrong at the moment.
“I’ve put in a lot of work over the years but this winter has been massive for me. We’ve set up a young fast bowling programme with Rich Pyrah at the head of it. We’ve worked on everything, not just strength, but a lot of skills as well. At the moment it’s paying dividends.”
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The promising youngster played for the Club’s Under 15s in 2009 and signed terms as a junior professional with the county ahead of the 2014 summer. Despite his fine start to the 2017 campaign, Coad believes his latest deal will only serve to improve his form.
“If it’s possible to gain any more confidence at the moment, there is a little more as a result of this,” he added. “It gives me that freedom to go out there and play knowing that I’ll be here for another year after this. It takes a little bit of pressure off my shoulders.
“If it wasn’t for Yorkshire I wouldn’t be here. They’ve put in so many hours with me, all that training from the 14s until now. Whatever you need the Club are always here for you and they’ve been massive for me.”
The Club’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon said: “Everyone at the club is delighted for Ben, he’s a model professional and a great team man. He deserves his success and has worked extremely hard during his career and especially over the winter on skills.
“Hopefully this is the start of a long and illustrious career for him.”