Sussex have awarded seamer Matthew Hobden a junior professional contract until the end of the 2014 season.
The 20-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler, from Eastbourne, has been part of the county’s academy and academy plus set-ups at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground in recent seasons, and has now been awarded junior professional status.
Hobden, who has played for Preston Nomads in the Sussex Premier League and toured South Africa with the Sussex academy in the winter, has more recently been playing first-class cricket for Cardiff MCCU, and took 5-89 against Kent in April.
Hobden, pictured far right, said: "I am delighted to have been given this opportunity by Sussex. It is something that I have been working hard towards for a number of years and with Cardiff MCCU I couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.
"I owe a lot to Keith Greenfield whilst being on the academy, with improving as a player and going on two tours with the academy in 2010 and 2012.
"Hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to play in the first team in the months to come."
Sussex club coach Carl Hopkinson said: "We've been really impressed with Matthew since he has been playing for his university side, and when he has returned he has looked really consistent.
"He has bowled with more pace and his attitude has been superb. We're really looking forward to seeing more of him in the future."