Jackson signs Sussex junior pro contract

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Promising Eastbourne cricketer Callum Jackson has been awarded with a Junior Professional Contract by Sussex County Cricket Club for the 2013 season.

18-year-old Jackson has been given the squad number 16 following his graduation through the academy set-up, and he now aims to push towards first team hounors.

The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman starred for the England Under-19 team on their tour of South Africa for the Youth Test and ODI series earlier this year and now looks with excitement towards the future. “I am really looking forward to representing Sussex and I’m delighted at the opportunity that Mark Robinson and Carl Hopkinson have given me,” he said.

Jackson, who has represented Sussex through from the Under-13’s County Age Group squad, made his 1st XI debut in the non-first-class match against Leeds/Bradford MCCU last summer and is grateful to have signed the contract.

“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,” he said.

Jackson, a Bede’s Sixth Former, has gone through a promising development in the last year. He has featured in most of the Sussex 2nd XI games and has made an impact by scoring two hundreds and a number of fifties. The club is now hoping that he will continue to improve his game.