New deal for Yorkshire’s rising cricket star with Hucknall roots

RHODES WORTHY -- Will Rhodes pictured scoring a century for the Yorkshire CCC academy side.

RHODES WORTHY -- Will Rhodes pictured scoring a century for the Yorkshire CCC academy side.

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The career of the England cricketer with strong family roots in Hucknall has been given another timely boost.

For 19-year-old all-rounder Will Rhodes has signed a new long-term deal with his county club, Yorkshire.

Will, who captained England at the ICC Under-19s’ World Cup last year, is the grandson of 81-year-old Hucknall man Peter Rhodes, of Brickyard Drive. Peter’s late dad, Cecil, was the most influential figure in the long history of Hucknall Cricket Club.

Will’s contract commits him to Headingley until at least the end of 2017 and rewards the progress he has made at the home of the current county champions.

He has yet to make an appearance in the County Championship, but is highly regarded by coaches at Yorkshire, for whom he has captained the second-eleven and performed well in a handful of one-day matches. Now he wants to become a regular in the first-team squad.

“I am enjoying my cricket and, in particular, being part of the Yorkshire set-up,” said Will, son of Robert and Rachel who live in Cottingham, near Hull, “There is a great spirit at the club, and I just love coming into Headingley every day and working on my game.

“I felt that I had a good season last year with England Under-19s and Yorkshire 2nd. My aim is to continue to work hard and play well. I can’t wait for the new season to start.”