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Smith makes Bristol move permanent

Gloucestershire have announced the signing of Middlesex spinner Tom Smith on a three-year contract.

The 26-year-old left-armer has spent the majority of the 2013 campaign on loan at Gloucestershire, taking 31 wickets in all competitions.

"I am really excited about joining Gloucestershire permanently," said Smith. "It has been a great three months on loan and to be staying here for the next three seasons is a fantastic challenge for me.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my loan time and to have the opportunity to join this young and exciting squad was an easy decision to make.
 
Tom Smith, pictured celebrating one of his 11 Friends Life t20 wickets, has been a hit in all formats of the game for Gloucestershire"I would like to thank all the coaches, players, staff, supporters and, most importantly, Angus Fraser at Middlesex for all the support they have shown me over the past four years at the club.

"It has been an amazing journey and I would like to wish the squad all the very best in the future.”

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell was delighted to secure Smith's permanent signature.

"I am delighted Tom has agreed to sign a contract," he said. "We are pleased with the progress he has made since joining us and the all-round skills that he is starting to show.

"He controls the scoreboard when he bowls in all forms of the game and I rate him highly. His batting has been somewhat neglected in the past, but he has played a number of promising innings for us and will be useful in that respect too.

Fraser, Middlesex's director of cricket, added: "Releasing a player is never easy, but everyone at Middlesex is delighted that Tom is able to continue his cricket career at another county.

"Tom is a cracking young man and a good cricketer, and it has been a pleasure to work with him during the past four years.

"The continuous progress made by Ravi Patel, who we rate very highly, has reduced Tom's chances to play for the first XI and he is at the stage in his career where he needs to be playing regular first XI cricket.

"Everybody at Middlesex wishes Tom success at Gloucestershire and he will always be welcome at Lord's.”

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