Yorkshire reward fast bowler Ben Coad with extended deal
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 19/04/17 6:48pm
Yorkshire seamer Ben Coad has been rewarded for his outstanding start to the season by signing a one-year contract extension with the club.
The 23-year-old has taken advantage of the raft of bowling absences at the county with 18 wickets in the opening two rounds of the Specsavers County Championship, including maiden five and 10-wicket hauls.
Coad, who had only played one championship match before this campaign, would have been out of contract at the end of the year but will now remain at Headingley until December 2018.
"It's a little bit surreal but it's been a great start for me. I just hope that momentum keeps going with me," he said. "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.
"If it's possible to gain any more confidence at the moment, there is a little more as a result of this. 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.
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"If it wasn't for Yorkshire I wouldn't be here. They've put in so many hours with me. Whatever you need the club are always here for you and they've been massive for me."
Yorkshire 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."