Academy graduate Joe Sarro added to Sussex first-team squad

The right-arm seamer has been promoted to the main group on a one-month rookie contract

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Sussex have added Joe Sarro to their first-team squad on a one-month rookie contract.

The 19-year-old has made six outings for the club's second XI after coming through the academy.

Sarro joined the Hove club aged 10 and has progressed through the ranks and now stands on the brink of senior recognition.

"I first played for Sussex at under-11s and have been part of the pathway since then," said the Eastbourne-born seamer.

"I have loved being part of the teams, and have benefitted from some great coaching, both with Sussex, and at my school Bede’s, particularly from James Kirtley, Alan Wells, Neil Lenham, and Richard Halsall.

"Today, when I signed my first contract, I was delighted. I hope to continue playing for Sussex for many years and become part of a very successful team."

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County Championship and One-Day Cup coach Ian Salisbury said: "We’re lucky to have a group of really promising young players starting out in the professional game together and it’s brilliant to add Joe to their ranks as we build for success in the years to come."

T20 head coach James Kirtley added: "Joe is strong, skilful and a great student of the game and this month will allow him to gain an insight into professional cricket. 

"I am delighted to see Joe rewarded with a short-term contract as I know first-hand how hard he has been working to get to this point. I have no doubt that if given the chance he will perform."

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