YOUNG keeper-batsman Henry Cullen has signed a new two-year deal with Worcestershire as he looks to push his way into first team contention.

The 20-year-old has featured heavily for the seconds in the Second Eleven Championship in the first two years of his professional career, as well as being involved in the One Day Cup for the first team in 2022.

Cullen becomes the second youngster to sign a new deal this week, after Olly Cox signed a new one-year deal on Tuesday. 

Cullen’s performances have been praised by Head Coach Alan Richardson, who said: "I think Henry has acquitted himself really well and has maturity in abundance, especially on the cricket field.

"Just watching how he problem-solves, how he works it out, has been great to watch.”

Cullen is delighted to have signed a new contract with Worcestershire and is eager to continue his development.

He said: "I’m very, very happy. Coming up through the age groups, it was always a big goal of mine to play for Worcestershire and it means a lot, having another two years.

"The first year, I feel like it has gone well. It was quite a slow start to the season with all the bad weather, but I feel like I’ve taken a step forward.

"I would have liked to have got a couple of hundreds, but I’m pleased with how it is going so far and, as a team, the Seconds have had an excellent season.

"It has been excellent playing in the side we’ve got, which is very experienced now."