Hobden signs Sussex deal

  • Last Updated: May 15 2014, 13:03 BST

Academy graduate Matthew Hobden has signed a two-year professional contract with Sussex, the county have announced.

The 21-year-old, who signed a Junior Professional Contract with Sussex last June, will now remain at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground till 2016.

Born in Eastbourne, the fast-medium bowler gained first-class experience with Cardiff MCCU before making his Sussex bow in the Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

And Hobden, who missed the final three months of last season due to a serious shin injury, cannot wait to repay the faith that Sussex have shown in him after penning his new deal.

"It's really nice to have the security of a new contract until the end of 2016," he said. "It's great that Sussex are backing me for that length of time, especially having come back from injury and I can now pace myself in terms of getting back to full fitness.

"I can solely concentrate on cricket now as I am about to finish University, so I'll be looking to prove myself in the second team and hopefully knock on the door of the first eleven very soon."

Sussex's Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson added: "Matt is an exciting young player, who if he keeps his feet on the ground, should have a good career.

"He is working hard to get back up to fitness and should be soon starting to compete for a place in all forms of the game. We look forward to watching him develop over the next couple of years."