TALENTED Burley-in-Wharfedale batsman Harry Brook has signed a new two-year contract extension with Yorkshire, which will see him remain at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.

Brook enjoyed an encouraging breakthrough season in the first team this year, his standout innings being a brilliant century in an early season County Championship win over Essex at Chelmsford.

A product of Aire-Wharfe League outfit Burley-in-Wharfedale and Sedbergh School, Brook has been involved with Yorkshire since making his under-13s debut in 2012.

News of the youngster's deal comes at the same time that the White Rose club have announced a new three-year contract for wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Tattersall, which will also keep him at Headingley until the end of 2021.

Speaking from his winter base in Sydney, Brook said: “To make it another three years is brilliant and having that security will enable me to go out and express myself on the field.

“Being around the senior players, learning as much as possible and just trying to play the best cricket I can - it has been brilliant. I’m looking forward to more of the same in the future.

“Yorkshire is the biggest club in the world and to be able to represent the county is a huge honour.”

Brook’s initial chance came on the back of a string of impressive second XI and Academy scores - 127, 47 not out, 126, 112, 37 and 161 in six straight innings - including a breathtaking match-winning century in the second-team one-day Trophy final against Middlesex at Headingley in mid-2017.

But it was 2018 which saw his rise to prominence continue apace.

He added: “I had a good start, I got a couple of fifties and a hundred at the start of the year and then it dropped off and I ended up with just short of 600 runs. That’s okay for the first year but there’s never enough runs to be had, you can always try and get more and that’s what I’ll be doing next year.

“It was a reasonably successful season for me, but I’m quite harsh on myself, so I’ll never be happy with any end result.

“The highlight of last year for me was the century down at Chelmsford, winning the game after being bowled out for 50. It was a remarkable effort.”

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon was pleased to have secured the services of yet another talented Academy product for the next few years.

“He’s obviously someone we see as having a great future in the game,” he said. “He’s such a naturally talented young cricketer. It’s important we don’t underestimate his bowling as well.

"He hasn’t bowled much in the first-team yet but he’s certainly capable. He’s a good fielder and an extremely talented batsman as well.

"We expect him to learn from his experience of last year and grow in the game and become an outstanding player.

“He's someone we’ve seen for a few years and has certainly got talent. He’s captained the England under-19s and we gave him the opportunity which he deserved because of the volume of runs he scored in the Second XI.

“His talent is there for all to see and he now needs to learn how the game works and develop his game around what is required to be a first-class cricketer and hopefully an international cricketer in the future."

Brook is currently warming up for 2019 with a winter spell in Sydney Grade Cricket for the University of New South Wales club.

Meanwhile, Moxon said of Tattersall's development: "From last winter, when it was suggested about trying to get into the first-team as a wicket-keeper and working hard on it through the winter - I don’t think any of us expected him to have the success he did so quickly.

"It’s a remarkable rise and testament to his hard work and talent. He’s a model professional, a student of the game and has a very intelligent cricket brain and hopefully he’ll go from strength to strength now.”