Derbyshire snap up Godleman
Former England Under-19 batsman Billy Godleman is to relaunch his career at Derbyshire.
Godleman, released by Essex at the end of the 2012 season, has signed a two-year contract with Karl Krikken’s LV= County Championship Division Two winners.
The 23-year-old is confident he can prosper in his new surroundings as he looks to belatedly build on an immensely promising start to his career.
“My first-class career began very early with a century on debut at 17, but it has not progressed as I would have liked during the past couple of seasons,” Godleman conceded.
“However, I believe this opportunity with one of the most ambitious and progressive clubs in the game will provide the platform to re-establish my early credentials as a prospective England player.
“I am thrilled to be joining Derbyshire and very much looking forward to playing my part in helping the club become established as a force in English cricket.
“Karl Krikken's passion for the county has been a major factor in my decision to commit to Derbyshire, so has our specialist batting coach Dave Houghton's belief in my ability.
“If I can develop my game in all formats within Derbyshire's committed learning environment, I believe my runs at the top of the order can provide the foundation to build more success for the team next season."
Derbyshire head coach Krikken added: “Billy is a talented batsman who, at 23, has a great chance to develop at the club and fulfil his potential.
“He already has experience under his belt, yet he remains ambitious; his game is still developing, he is hungry for success and he still has plenty to prove - factors that combine to make Billy an exciting signing.”