Swindells signs first professional contract

Leicestershire CCC are delighted to announce that Harry Swindells has become the third member of its flourishing Academy to sign a contract in 2017. Swindells, who is representing his hometown county, follows in the footsteps of Will Fazakerley and Sam Evans in graduating from the Academy.

The 18-year-old recently impressed on his debut for England Under-19s against India at New Road and is now under contract at the Fischer County Ground until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Leicester-born Swindells played the majority of his club cricket at Narborough and Littlethorpe before moving to play Premier League cricket with Leicester Ivanhoe. 

The wicket-keeper/batsman has been training with Leicestershire First XI since the winter. Swindells has made a big impression in the Second XI this season and then received his first England Under-19s call-up.

He said: “It is an honour to sign my first contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, it’s something I have been working towards and it is a dream come true for me. 

“I have so many people to thank for helping me to progress my game, including Narborough and Littlethorpe, Leicester Ivanhoe and all of the coaches at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn said: “I am so excited about the young players that we have at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, and Harry will play a big role in our future.

“As a club, we are excited to see how these young players will express themselves. Harry has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity and I know that he will take it with both hands. 

“Everyone was delighted for him when making his England Under-19s debut last week. He is a very impressive young player with a great attitude and has a big future in the game."