With the start of the 2021 LV= Insurance County Championship just under five weeks away, Warwickshire County Cricket Club has agreed new contracts with four members of its senior squad.

Fast bowler Liam Norwell (29) has signed a two-year extension to remain with the Bears until at least the end of the 2023 season.

Emerging fast bowler George Garrett (21) and all-rounder Ethan Brookes (19), who are both academy graduates, will move from rookie to full two-year contracts in October and will also remain Bears until at least the end of the 2023 season.

West Bromwich Dartmouth seamer and fellow Warwickshire Academy graduate Manraj Johal (19) has also received a one-year extension to his current rookie contract, which takes him through to the end of the 2022 season.

“Our plans for the 2021 season and beyond have really moved forwards in the last few weeks with new signings and contract extensions.

Paul Farbrace

“We think a huge amount of Liam and his run of Championship games in 2019 helped turn our season around. He’s had some terrible luck with injuries, but we think a huge amount of him and he’s looking fit, he is bowling very well in training, and he has an important role to play in our seam attack.

“George and Ethan both made their First Class debuts in the 2019 season and they are continuing to develop and learn a lot from the senior members of the squad. We think that they have big roles to play in the future of the Club and we’re delighted ensure that they will remain Bears.

“Manraj has impressed all of the players and coaches since he started training with the senior men’s squad last winter. He subsequently won his first rookie contract and has relished taking on more responsibility since becoming a professional cricketer.  He’s another very exciting prospect for the Club.”

Warwickshire start the 2021 season in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Edgbaston versus Derbyshire on Thursday 8 April, before the new Vitality Blast campaign gets underway from 10 June with a trip to face Yorkshire Vikings.

Membership for the new season is on sale now with Full Club Membership only £245, with discounts available for over 60s and under 21s.