Sam Northeast © Getty Images
Sam Northeast © Getty Images

Sam Northeast, Kent  skipper, has been signed on a highly lucrative contract by Hampshire  for a four-year deal until at least 2021. There were other county clubs — Essex, Nottinghamshire and Sussex — interested as well, but Hampshire prevailed amidst tight competition.

After his signing, Northeast stated, “I have had a really enjoyable 10 years at Kent and I would like to wish the club and its supporters the best of luck for the future. It was an honour to be the Club Captain for three years and I leave the club with many happy memories. At the same time, I am hugely excited about joining Hampshire. It is a club and a team with a very bright future, and I am really looking forward to making as big a contribution as possible towards the club’s success. I hope this move will also help me push on to fulfil my dream of playing for England.”

For those who aren’t aware of his credentials, Northeast is one of the highly qualified batsmen at present in county circuit. Northeast has been a consistent performer for Kent in recent times. He has amassed more than 1,000 runs in each of the past three seasons. To fan the fire, he has accumulated all these runs as captain; leading by example.

Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White expressed his happiness on attaining Northeast’s services. “Sam is an exciting addition to the squad. He’s the type of cricketer and person that we believe will fit into the team well and we are delighted that he has chosen to pursue his career at Hampshire. He will add quality to the batting line up, has ability in all forms of the game and has a strong desire to improve. Hopefully we can provide him the platform to push for higher honours.”