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Surrey County Cricket Club are delighted to announce Chris Taylor as our new Head of Talent Pathways.

Taylor has been in his second stint as a fielding consultant working across Surrey’s professional squad and academy system since the build up to the 2018 domestic season.

His new role will see him lead the delivery of the County Talent Pathway strategy to identify and develop the highest potential cricketers for Surrey County Cricket Club and England.

He will also work closely with the Club’s senior management including Director of Cricket Alec Stewart and Head Coach Vikram Solanki to ensure that coaching in the county is aligned from the pathway through to first team level.

The 45-year-old was appointed to the role after a rigorous application process including a number of internal and external candidates from across the game.

In his playing career, Taylor represented Gloucestershire between 2000 and 2011. Widely regarded as one of the best fielders in the game, he doubled up as the Club’s fielding coach between 2008 and 2011.

As well as his two spells with Surrey, Taylor has worked as England’s lead fielding coach between 2014 and 2017 and with Somerset in 2013.

He has recently been a key figure in the delivery of coaching at England U19s level and he will join them on their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka later this month. He will take position in his new job with Surrey in December.

On his appointment, Taylor said: “I’m delighted to have been offered this role. The Club’s academy has produced a number of players in recent years that have gone on to county and international honours and I will be doing everything in my power to build on this.

“My experience of working with the Club’s professional squad, including a number of players who have been through the current pathway system, will hopefully stand me in good stead in terms of helping young, talented players to grow as cricketers capable of playing the game at the highest level.”

Surrey County Cricket Club has a long, proud history of producing high quality players from within the county.

16 graduates of the pathway are currently part of the men’s professional staff and four graduates of the women’s pathway are on professional contracts with South East Stars or England.