Beard and Miles earn Gloucs deals
Michael Beard and Craig Miles have become the latest players from Gloucestershire’s academy to be awarded professional contracts with the club.
Beard, an 18-year-old batsman, and Miles, a 16-year-old bowling all-rounder, follow Graeme McCarter in making the step up to the senior squad at Bristol.
The former has signed a one-year summer contract which will continue into a professional deal for the 2012 season. Miles will spend two years on a summer contract before moving on to professional terms in 2013.
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: “I am very excited about these signings. It is great to see our academy system continue to produce players of this standard.
“The enthusiasm and determination of these players will be a great asset to the squad and their eagerness to learn and prove themselves on the professional stage should result in some exciting cricket.
“We are looking forward to witnessing these players on their journey as they develop their skills.”
Beard added: “I am really excited about the opportunity that has been given to me by Gloucestershire and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead over the next few years.
“I would like to thank (academy director) Owen Dawkins, who I have worked with over the last four years. He has helped to develop my game a long way.”
Miles also expressed his delight at signing his first professional deal.
“I can’t wait to get involved with the rest of the squad,” he said.