A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler who has risen through the ranks at Nottinghamshire.
Saxelby is nephew of former Nottinghamshire brothers Kevin and Mark, the latter died in 2000 aged 30 having also played for Durham and Derbyshire.
Ian had a trial with Gloucestershire in July 2008 where he was set to make his first-class debut against Middlesex at Bristol.
He was announced in the England Under-19 one-day international squad to face New Zealand in the summer of 2008.
He joined Gloucestershire in the close-season.