A Myerscough College cricket student has signed a first professional contract with Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Jack Morley has progressed through the Club's pathway and age-group system, and has signed a one-year contract ahead of the 2019 season.
Left arm spin bowler Jack had a breakthrough year in 2018, playing an important role in the Lancashire Second XI squad which was crowned T20 champions last summer. 17-year-old Jack featured regularly for the Second XI last summer and earned a place on the England Young Lions tour to India and Bangladesh this winter.
Jack is currently on a Level3 BTEC Cricket Studies programme, based at Myerscough’s centre at Emirates Old Trafford. In addition to his studies, last season he made ten appearances for the county’s second XI, taking 19 wickets, and playing alongside the likes of full England international, Haseeb Hameed, and West Indies legend, Shiv Chanderpaul. He plays his club cricket for his local side, Heywood CC.
WATCH: Jack Morley speaks to Lancashire Cricket TV about signing for Lancashire.
Jack Morley said: “It is a dream come true to sign professional terms with Lancashire.
“After coming through the age-group pathway and joining the Academy, this is the next step for me and I hope that re-pay the faith that the Club have put in me.
“It’s a hugely exciting to be part of the squad and having really enjoyed the last few months away with the England Young Lions side out in India and Bangladesh after Christmas, I'm really looking forward to the start of the season."
Lancashire’s Performance Director and Assistant Coach, Mark Chilton, added: “We are really pleased that Jack has signed his first professional contract with the Club.
“He impressed the coaching staff with his attitude and performances throughout the 2018 season and he deserves the opportunity to continue his development with the Lancashire squad in 2019.
“Jack’s performances have seen him recognised with England Young Lions selection this winter and it’s great for the Club that a player who has come all the way through the pathway has earned a first professional contract.”
by Dave Salmon