Teenagers Harry Finch and Callum Jackson earn pro deals with Sussex
Last Updated: March 21, 2013 3:03pm
Harry Finch and Callum Jackson will hope to step out at Hove sometime this summer
Sussex have given junior professional contracts to England U19 tourists Harry Finch and Callum Jackson.
All-rounder Finch and wicketkeeper Jackson were part of England's squad that toured South Africa over the winter after making excellent strides for Sussex's second XI last season.
Those performances also have coach Carl Hopkinson hopeful that the teenage pair will be able to break into the Sussex first-team, perhaps even as early as this coming summer.
He said: "Both players made good strides in the second XI last season and made excellent contributions throughout the summer, having gained some invaluable experience.
"They will both be hoping to use this season as a springboard into the full professional ranks and hopefully we'll see them make their mark on first-team cricket in the future."
Finch said of his contract: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be given the news, as it is something that I have been working towards for a very long time.
"This is the first big step on the ladder to what I hope will be a successful career with Sussex."
And Jackson said: "I owe a lot to the county age-group coaches at Sussex and my time in the EPP, and both Keith Greenfield and Andy Cornford have been a great help in the academy.
"I am really looking forward to representing Sussex and am delighted at the opportunity that Mark Robinson and Carl Hopkinson have given me."