Oldham-born batsman Luke Procter (29) has joined Northamptonshire from Lancashire where he has spent the previous part of his cricketing career having originally graduated from Lancashire’s Academy.
Proctor first earned a contract in 2010 and went on to make his mark during that memorable summer for the Red Rose County – not least with a knock of 89 against Sussex which included five sixes off for Northants Spinner Monty Panesar.
Last season having found opportuities limited at Lancashire he agreed to joing Northants on loan and he shone with 82 and 94 in the club's final Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Road and has now subsequently signed for Northamptonshire to open a fresh and hopefully successful new chapter in his career
Luke said: “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play for a club like Northamptonshire. They really impressed me at the end of last season whilst I was on loan and the lads have made me feel really welcome and part of the team.
“I’m eager to impress moving forward so I’m excited to join up with them all this winter, put in some hard work and begin the next chapter of my career.
“I would like to thank Lancashire and the supporters for the past 9 years. I’ve had an incredible time and made some great friends.”
Head Coach of Northamptonshire David Ripley added: “We really wanted to sign a batter that can bat time and build partnerships in red ball cricket. Luke showed in his time with us at the end of the season that he can do that job, averaging 58 and making 3 fifties.
“I am delighted he is joining us, he could have stayed in the squad at Lancs but he is hungry to play more cricket and is willing to move to get the opportunity. He is a more than handy 4th seamer too and his arrival will really sharpen the competition in the squad for starting places.
“I’d like to thank Glen Chapple and Lancashire for their co-operation”.