Reece Topley has signed a contract extension with Hampshire which will keep the left-arm seamer with the south coast county until at least the end of next season.
Topley had a disappointing debut season at the Ageas Bowl having moved from Essex last year. He broke his hand while batting in his first game and then a more serious stress fracture to his back ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
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As a result he hasn’t taken part in any games since last April but he has now made a full recovery and the way he worked to overcome his injury setbacks have impressed the Hampshire hierarchy.
The director of cricket, Giles White, said, “We are delighted Reece has committed to the club. His attitude to his rehab has been outstanding and it is great to see him bowling again; we are confident that he will be a key player over the coming years.”
Topley, who is 23 years old, had begun to establish himself in England’s limited-overs side before his lengthy absence and he has taken part in 10 one day and six Twenty20 internationals.
He was a member of the team that made it to the final of last year’s World T20 in India and played in the first two games before he was dropped after a poor performance against South Africa.
He is a highly respected player on the domestic circuit having claimed 271 wickets across all three formats in 128 appearances.
Speaking about the contract extension he said, “I’m thrilled to sign a year’s extension here with Hampshire. I can’t wait to get back out on the field and play this year and I’m excited to contribute to the club’s future successes in the coming years.”