Toby Roland-Jones signs five-year contract with Middlesex
05 October 2012
Middlesex County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Toby Roland-Jones has signed a new five-year contract with the Club. The deal means that Roland-Jones will be available to play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2017 English Domestic Cricket Season.
Roland-Jones has made remarkable progress at Middlesex since signing for the club in the autumn of 2009. In three seasons of county cricket the fast bowler has taken 128 First-Class wickets for Middlesex at an average of 20.89. In limited over cricket Roland-Jones has been equally impressive, taking 43 wickets at an average of just 23. These performances have deservedly caught the attention of the England selectors who picked him for this winter’s England Performance Programme. Should Roland-Jones impress on the pre-Christmas programme he would have an excellent chance of making his England Lions debut on their tour of Australia in February 2013.
Commenting on Roland-Jones signing his new deal Middlesex County Cricket Club’s Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, said: “Toby committing his long-term future to Middlesex is another great sign for the club. The progress Middlesex have made as a team in the past two seasons and the development of Toby as a cricketer and person are two of the things that have given me most satisfaction since returning to Middlesex in 2009.
“Toby has become an outstanding cricketer and a fine young man. He thoroughly deserves the success that is coming his way and we hope that over the course of the next couple of years he can force his way in to the full England team. Even without Steven Finn the continuing development of Toby, the consistent quality of Tim Murtagh, the unquestionable talent of James Harris, the skill of Gareth Berg and the nous, experience and proven ability of Corey Collymore gives Middlesex a seam attack of enviable quality. We also have some exciting youngsters coming through too.
“I may be getting a little carried away here, but wouldn’t it be magnificent if, in a couple of year’s time, England’s fast bowling attack consisted of Finn, Roland-Jones and Harris.”
Commenting on signing a new contract Roland-Jones said: “I am delighted to commit my future to Middlesex. They showed faith with me to begin with when I left University and I have thoroughly enjoyed the past three seasons with the club. My cricket has developed enormously since joining in 2009 and I hope to continue to improve under the excellent coaching and environment Middlesex has to offer.
“Middlesex have made a lot of progress in the last two or three years and the future is looking bright. I hope to play an integral part in any future success the club has.”