Barber, Scott and White agree full-time contracts with Middlesex as Ryan Higgins departs

Middlesex Cricket are delighted to announce that Tom Barber, George Scott and Robbie White have all signed full-time professional contracts with the club, although are disappointed to also announce that Ryan Higgins has chosen to leave Middlesex to join Gloucestershire.

Both Barber and Scott have impressed when making the most of opportunities in Middlesex's NatWest T20 Blast side this season, whilst White, although yet to make his first eleven debut, has continued to impress in Middlesex's Second Eleven.

Middlesex's Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, commented:

"In a disappointing year for the First Eleven it has been heartening to see a number of young cricketers come through to win full-time contracts with Middlesex Cricket.

"George and Robbie are exciting young cricketers that have consistently shown what they are capable of in our Second Eleven. They are products of our youth system so great thanks should be once again given to Alan Coleman and his coaches for the excellent work they do.

"Tom was invited to bowl at a Middlesex training session in 2016, where he made a positive impression. This led to him being taken on by the MCC Young Cricketers in 2017. Tom is a left arm fast bowler whose pace and swing has continued to impress, resulting in him signing a two-year deal with the Club.

"We wish them well in what we hope are long and successful careers with the club."

Disappointingly, all-rounder Ryan Higgins has made the decision to leave Middlesex, and will join his new club Gloucestershire immediately.

In 2014 Higgins made his debuts for the club in both the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup, although he had to wait until earlier this year to make his first-class debut for Middlesex, which came against Yorkshire at Lord's.

Higgins leaves the club having made 57 appearances in total across all formats, in which he's scored 900 runs at an average of 20.45 and having taken 31 wickets at 24.45.

Angus Fraser commented:

"It is obviously disappointing to lose a young cricketer who has come through your system that you would like to keep at the club.

"In the past couple of years Ryan has shown glimpses of the cricketer he could become and he was very much part of our plans moving forward. What we couldn't do was guarantee Ryan the batting positions he wanted.

"Everybody at Middlesex wishes Ryan well at his new club and we look forward to playing against him in 2018."

Ryan Higgins said:

"I have loved my time at Middlesex it has been such an enjoyable and exciting start to my career. I have learnt a lot being here and will take a lot of that forward in my career of course.

"I would like to thank all the coaches for their hard work they have put into developing me into a better player than when I first started at Middlesex. I wish Middlesex and all my good mates here all the best in the future going forward.

"I am now looking forward to the new challenges for me that lie ahead at Gloucestershire."