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Trio sign new contracts

Friday 23rd October 2020
Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire trio Tom Wood, Mattie McKiernan and Nils Priestley have all signed new contracts with the club.  

After impressing with the Second XI, batsman Wood returned to the club to sign an all-formats deal ahead of the 2020 season, and made one Bob Willis Trophy and one Vitality Blast appearance, scoring 67 against Yorkshire in the latter.

He has now penned a new one-year deal, while all-rounder McKiernan has also committed his future to the club until the end of the 2021 campaign.

The leg-spinner spinner was a regular in the Falcons side throughout last summer’s Vitality Blast, where he picked up two wickets and maintained an economy rate of 7.27 runs an over.

In the Bob Willis Trophy, the 26-year-old made two appearances, taking 2-3 in the first innings of the win over Nottinghamshire, and scoring a maiden first-class half-century against Lancashire.

Academy graduate Priestley has signed a rookie contract for the 2021 season. While the 20-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance, he was named in a number of squads last season.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton said: “We have a small squad, so having three promising players staying with us is a big positive.

“Tom Wood and Mattie McKiernan fitted in really well with the way we like to play, and they took their chances in both formats, while Nils has shown a lot of promise while working with us in training and travelling with the squad.

“They can all play in multiple formats, and that will be key for us moving forward as we look to rotate the lineup and develop our younger players.”

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