Lewis McManus has signed a two-year contract, keeping him at Northamptonshire until the end of 2024.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has impressed for Northamptonshire in both red and white ball cricket since originally arriving on a short-term loan from Hampshire at the beginning of 2022.

“I’m delighted to sign on a permanent basis for Northamptonshire.” McManus said.

“I’ve loved my time here so far this season and it’s a great club. I’m thoroughly enjoying playing alongside the lads and working with the coaching staff.”

McManus’ loan from Hampshire had been extended on multiple occasions but has now ended as the 27-year-old is registered as a Northamptonshire player in all formats.

“I’m really excited about the next 2 years with Northamptonshire and to see where we can go and to challenge for silverware.” McManus added.

Having been consistently clean behind the stumps, McManus has also impressed with four first class half-centuries and a powerful century in the recent one day fixture against Bedfordshire, leading to him penning a permanent deal.

Head Coach John Sadler said: “He’s been brilliant, an absolute true professional, a top man and one hell of a cricketer”.

“The lads have got a lot of respect for him and he’s going to play a big part for us moving forwards”.

“He’s an open-minded character that wants to learn, and continually improve. We know how good he is, and we know that he’s just going to keep getting better”.

McManus has not only had an impact with his performances but has quickly become a leader within the squad.

“Coming into a new dressing room it can be hard to be vocal. But he’s grown and grown as he’s settled in, and since it was announced he would be here for the full season then he’s just become a natural leader behind the sticks”.

“We can’t fault him, and we’re just delighted to have him on board”.

In line with the terms of his initial loan, McManus will remain unavailable for selection in fixtures against Hampshire for the remainder of the season.