Published: 13th October, 2017
Three Surrey Academy graduates have signed their first professional contracts with the Club.
Ryan Patel, Will Jacks and Gus Atkinson have all put pen to paper on two-year contracts as part of the first team squad at the Kia Oval.
All three starred for Surrey 2nd XI during the 2017 campaign with 19-year-old Patel forcing his way into the Specsavers County Championship side towards the back end of the season.
After opening the batting on his first-class debut in the Kia Oval London Derby with Middlesex at the end of August, the all-rounder ended the season with four red ball appearances to his name.
The left-hander top scored with 81 to lead Surrey to a draw on a difficult pitch at Hampshire while his right-arm medium pace offered an extra option to Gareth Batty throughout his appearances.
Patel also picked up the Anne Bickerstaff 2nd XI Champagne Moment of the Season trophy at this year’s End of Season awards, voted for by the Surrey Supporters’ Club, for his six to go to a double hundred against Gloucestershire in May.
Speaking after signing his deal, Patel said: “It’s a great honour for me to have signed my first professional contract with Surrey, a club which I have represented since the age of 8.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to develop my game at the Kia Oval, and now look forward to the challenges ahead in what I hope will be a successful career.”
Jacks, 18, made several squads towards the end of the summer but the Academy Player of the Year is yet to make his first team debut for Surrey.
As well as featuring for the 2nd XI throughout the summer, the powerful middle order batsman shone for England U19s during their series with India with his explosive century in the 2nd Youth Test seeing him named as captain for the opening Royal London One-Day Youth International.
He added: “I’m very grateful and honoured to have been awarded my first full time professional contract at Surrey CCC. Having played for the club for many years, it makes this step even more special.
“I am looking forward to trying to continue to improve and helping the club be successful in the coming years.”
Atkinson, 19, who was awarded his scholarship in June, has been one of the most consistent performers in this year’s 2nd XI.
The right-arm seamer made 20 appearances across all formats this summer and claimed excellent figures of 6/63 during the 2nd XI Championship victory over Middlesex in May.
After training at the Kia Oval yesterday, Atkinson said: “I’m very proud and thankful to have signed with Surrey, it has been a dream of mine since I first started playing for Surrey in the U11s.
“I’m looking forward to being able to lean more the more experienced guys in the squad and being around them. I can’t wait to get started over the winter and then push hard in the season to come to achieve first team cricket.”
As well as the new trio of players, left arm spinner Freddie van den Bergh has signed a one year extension to his contract, keeping him at Surrey CCC until the end of the 2018 summer.