Terry follows in father's footsteps
Sean Terry, son of former Hampshire batsman and manager Paul, is one of three youngsters to sign development contracts at the Rose Bowl for the 2012 season.
Adam Rouse and Tim Ravenscroft, who were on the same deals last summer, are the others to follow in the footsteps of recent graduates Michael Bates, Danny Briggs, James Vince and Chris Wood.
Terry junior, 20, has impressed for Hampshire’s second XI and MCC Young Cricketers. For the latter he twice prospered against Hampshire seconds this summer, making 91 in a Twenty20 and 70 during a 40-over game.
Raised in Perth, Australia, he also plays for Melville, where fellow Hampshire players Dimitri Mascarenhas, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Hamza Riazuddin and David Balcombe have plied their trade. He has represented Western Australia at junior levels as well as Hampshire age-group sides.
Terry senior, whose two England appearances were in Tests versus West Indies in 1984, scored more than 20,00 runs for Hampshire from 1978 to 1996. As manager, he guided them to championship promotion in 2004 and C&G Trophy glory in 2005.
Sean, who has a British passport, said: "I am excited to be given this opportunity by Hampshire. It has always been a dream of mine to play for the club and, even though I grew up in Australia, it was always my goal.
“Hampshire has been a big part of my life, particularly because my dad had such a long career here, and to be given the chance to start my professional career at Hampshire means a lot. I can’t wait to get started next season and be part of a young squad pushing to be back in the first division.”
Ravenscroft, who turns 20 in January, is a batsman and occasional right-arm spinner. He made his List A debut against Scotland this year when he scored over 500 second XI runs.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rouse, 19, played mostly for the seconds in 2011, making 489 runs and collecting 28 catches plus four stumpings.
His season highlight came as a substitute outfielder in the Rose Bowl’s inaugural Test when he caught Sri Lanka second-innings centurion Kumar Sangakkara at point off James Anderson.