Leicestershire have announced the signing of wicketkeeper-batsman Lewis Hill on a summer contract for 2014.
The 23-year-old, a product of the Leicestershire Academy, has secured his deal on the back of some impressive performances for club's second XI.
Leicester-born Hill has also represented the Unicorns 11 times.
He said: “I’m really chuffed to sign a contract; it’s what I’ve been aiming for since leaving the academy. My main aim is to do as well as I can, perform, and keep my standards high.
“Playing for the Unicorns stood me in good stead as I was batting and keeping in first-class cricket. I’ve taken that into this season and the pre-season knock has given me some confidence.
“It’s been a fantastic start to the season for the club and there’s a good mentality around the place. It’s good to see us doing well and this is a great opportunity for me.”
Leicestershire director of cricket Phil Whitticase added: “I am really pleased that Lewis has signed a summer contract, he has come through the system here and deserves the opportunity with us.
“Lewis has played well for the second XI, in local cricket with Lutterworth and for the Unicorns, and he was excellent in the intra-club game.
“We are looking to forward to him continuing his development with us as he is an exciting young player with a bright future ahead of him.”