Fast-bowling all-rounder Grant Stewart has signed his first professional contract for Kent.
The 23-year-old has impressed in the second XI as joint top wicket-taker across all formats with 29 dismissals and scored an unbeaten 50 with the bat.
In club cricket, he has impressed with 30 wickets in the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League for Sandwich Town including a best of 6/48 on Saturday.
A capable lower-order batsmen, he has also notched a century and seven 50s.
The seamer said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Kent and I’m delighted to get the opportunity to work with the first-team squad and coaches.
“Becoming a full-time professional means I can dedicate more time to developing my game and I hope I can contribute to some success for the club.”
Australian-born Stewart is not classed as an overseas player as he has an EU passport through his Italian mother.
Second XI coach Min Patel said: “Grant is a talented all-rounder with a tremendous work ethic.
“He has bowled with great skill and consistency this summer and will provide an excellent addition to our bowling options.”