New Zealand International Will Young will join Northamptonshire for the 2022 season.

The Central Districts top order batsman will be available for the majority of the LV= Insurance County Championship and Royal London Cup, subject to fixturing and the international calendar.

“I am very excited to sign with Northamptonshire for the 2022 season.” Young said.

“I see it as a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to learn about the conditions in the UK but also to add as much as I can to the Northamptonshire environment.

“There certainly seems to be some great skill and talent within the team. I hope to help bring as much success as possible to the club this summer.”

The 29-year-old has more than 10,000 runs to his name across all formats, with 12 first-class hundreds and an average of 42.

Head Coach John Sadler explained a quality batsman was the Club’s top target when it came to recruitment.

“A couple of senior batters have moved on this year and are no longer with us for various reasons so it was really important we filled that void of a senior batter to bat up the top of the order.

“We feel like he’s a brilliant option for us, he wants to come over and enhance his own game as well as add value to our side, so he’s just a perfect fit.”

Young has impressed for New Zealand in international cricket since his debut in December last year and recently toured with the side in India, where he posted a career best 89 in the first test.

“He’s world class, he’s an international player who played beautifully last week in the test matches, but we’ve had our eyes on him for a good couple of months really since the end of the season.” Sadler said.

Young will link up with the squad ahead of the season.