Harry Gouldstone, Freddie Heldreich and Gus Miller have all been awarded rookie contracts with Northamptonshire.

The trio join James Sales as graduates of Northamptonshire’s Talent Pathway to have been awarded contracts this year.

Academy Director Kevin Innes was delighted to see the program delivering talented players.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve had a lot of good players come through the junior setup which is really pleasing.”

“James [Sales] and Gouldy [Harry Gouldstone] have come all the way through the pathway, Northamptonshire boys born and bred and now both following in their father’s footsteps at this Club.”

Head Coach John Sadler said the recent contracts were a credit to Innes and the system.

“It’s a great sign for the club to be producing our own high quality, local talent. These lads are all a credit to Kev Innes and the Academy system we’ve got at Northamptonshire.”

“They all deserve the rookie deals they’ve been offered and have bright futures in the game but obviously we fully respect and support their education and university commitments too.”

“We’re looking forward to supporting and helping them develop their careers over the coming years.”

Heldreich and Gouldstone both had opportunities in the First Team this summer, impressing with important contributions in all formats.

Gouldstone secured an unlikely draw for a 9-man Northamptonshire, batting for more than 4 hours to post his maiden first-class half century while Heldreich’s left-arm wrist-spin consistently delivered wickets in white ball cricket.

Innes was full of praise for the trio, highlighting the different roles he believed they offered for Northamptonshire’s squad.

“All three are fantastic cricketers and they all approach the game differently.” Innes said.

“Gus Miller is a hard hitting batter who bowls good heavy lengths too and is a great slip catcher. Harry Gouldstone has been our most prolific run-scorer in age group cricket and is very tidy behind the stumps with a level headed mentality. Freddie is very unique in his bowling style which really pays off in white ball cricket, he’s a little magician.”