Promising Academy quick Nick Potts has signed his first rookie contract with Derbyshire.
The 18-year-old fast bowler becomes the latest Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate to pen a deal with the club this year, following Harvey Hosein, Matt Critchley, Sam Conners, Tom Wood and Nils Priestley in signing a new contract.
Including Alex Hughes, Derbyshire will begin next season with at least seven graduates in the squad, with Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, emphasising the importance of the club’s ability to develop players for all formats.
Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, Potts went from strength to strength in 2020, impressing first team players and coaches during training sessions and practice matches.
The paceman also featured for the Young Lions in three Best vs Best fixtures at Loughborough, taking a trio of wickets in a three-day game, and playing a role in two white-ball victories over the South team.
Head of Talent Pathway, Daryn Smit, said: “Nick has shown real improvement and quality over the last 12 months, and we’re delighted that he’s earned this opportunity.
“Obviously, this year has not been easy for anyone, and for a player to come through and perform as Nick has shows great resilience, something which is key for any young player looking to break through into the professional game.”
Potts added: “I’ve really enjoyed the occasions when I’ve worked with the first team already, so I’m looking forward to being in that environment permanently.
“Steve Kirby is a great bowling coach, and with us having quite a young bowling attack, I want to learn and develop with them and hopefully get a chance in the first team.”
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