Kent agree Weatherley loan

14 March 2017 08:14:56 EST

Former England Under-19 captain Joe Weatherley has signed a new contract with Hampshire and immediately been dispatched to Kent on loan.

Weatherley, 20, will remain at the Ageas Bowl until at least the end of the 2019 season, while the season-long loan deal with Kent will allow him the opportunity to develop his game in County Championship Division Two.

"Hampshire is where I want to be playing my cricket - it's a really exciting club to be around and I'm chuffed to be a part of that for the coming years," Weatherley said.

"An opportunity came up at Kent which will allow me to get some good cricket under my belt and there's potentially more playing opportunities there this season.

"Long-term my future is with Hampshire but given the strength of the side on paper this year, this works really well to help with developing my game."

Weatherley has made just one County Championship appearance to date, making two single-figure scores against champions Middlesex in June 2016.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White added: "Joe is an exciting prospect and this extension confirms that he is a big part of future plans at the club.

"He has had success at each level he has played and this loan spell at Kent gives him another challenge and opportunity to develop his game."

Hants are available at 7/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, while Kent are 11/2 to secure the second division title.

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