Former Oxford MCCU cricketer Richard Coughtrie has become the latest young player to commit his future to Gloucestershire by signing an extended contract.
The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman originally signed a deal that would have expired at the end of next summer when he joined the Club for last season, but has now had that agreement lengthened.
This follows Richard’s success in establishing himself in the First Team and being named the Club’s Young-Player-of-the-Year.
Coughtrie made his First-class debut for Oxford MCCU v Worcestershire in April 2009, and was spotted that season by Gloucestershire Director of Cricket, John Bracewell.
He signed a two-year contract with Gloucestershire in November 2010, but that contract has now been extended.
Richard said: “I feel very privileged to have signed an extension to my current contract. I really enjoyed my first season here and want to play a part in bringing success to what I believe is a great county.”
John Bracewell, added: “Richard showed tremendous fortitude in forcing his way into the First Team, firstly as a batsman and then as wicketkeeper.”
“He showed all the resilient attributes that we are looking for in our cricketers for the future of Gloucestershire Cricket and thoroughly deserves through performances on the pitch an extension to his contract.”
Last season Richard scored 632 First-class runs for Gloucestershire at an average of 25.28. It was a measure of his consistency that his top score was 54 not out.
He appeared in all 16 LV= County Championship games.