Cessford gets permission to land at New Road
Seamer Graeme Cessford has signed a contract for the 2013 season with Worcestershire, having been given the go-ahead by the Royal Air Force.
The 29-year-old impressed with bat and ball in four games for the county’s second XI this year. Most notably, he took 4-59 from 15 overs in a 71-run win over MCC Young Cricketers at New Road in August.
The RAF have granted Cessford, who has started winter training with his team-mates, elite athlete status to make him available to Worcestershire.
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Cess has the ability to bowl with pace and this will be a valuable asset in our 2013 campaign. He will give the squad some depth for bowling spots and I am looking forward to working with him."
Cessford said: "I'm delighted to have signed for Worcestershire for the forthcoming 2013 season. I'd like to extend a massive thank you to the Royal Air Force, the RAF Sports Board, and Worcestershire CCC for giving me this fantastic opportunity."
Squadron Leader Sally Varley said: "Corporal Graeme Cessford has been granted Elite Athlete Status by the Royal Air Force. This status allows him time to realise and develop his cricket potential through the opportunity to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
“In addition, the Royal Air Force has exceptionally adjusted Corporal Cessford's employment for a year to include a public relations engagement role."