TALENTED all-rounder Ethan Brookes has become Worcestershire’s second new signing for next season after signing a two-year deal.
Brookes will make the move from Edgbaston to New Road on a two-year contract until the end of the 2025 season.
He joins Lancashire batter Rob Jones in making the switch to New Road and said he is hungry to kick on with the next phase of his career and play more first team cricket.
The 22-year-old is reunited with Worcestershire head coach Alan Richardson, assistant head coach Kadeer Ali and assistant coach Richard Jones who all played a part in his development when part of the Warwickshire coaching set-up.
He also spoke to his former Bears team-mate Adam Hose who gave a ringing endorsement about the positive environment at New Road.
Brookes is part of the Warwickshire squad for the 2023 Metro Bank One Day Cup and could face his new team-mates in the match at New Road on Sunday (August 13).
He said: “Worcestershire is renowned for developing players, and I already know the coaching staff really well and they have all helped me on my journey.
“Ashley Giles (Worcestershire CEO) also signed my brother (Henry Brookes) when he was at Warwickshire, and I’m really excited to work with, Alan, Kadeer and Richard again.
“I spoke to Adam (Adam Hose), when Ashley got in contact with me, and he had nothing but good words to say about Worcestershire.
“He reiterated how good environment the environment was, and how much he is enjoying it.”
Worcestershire CEO Ashley Giles said: “We’re really, really pleased to have signed Ethan for the next two years.
“He’s someone who I have worked with before and is another player with a lot of potential and hopefully his best years lie ahead.
“He’s gained experience, particularly in List A cricket, during the past two years and has put some good scores on the board and we’re positive that Ethan will make an impact with both bat and ball.
Solihull born Brookes has played three first class and 16 List A games and hit his highest score of 63 against Leicestershire at Edgbaston two years ago.
“I’ve been at Warwickshire since the age of nine, made loads of friends and worked with great coaches, so it will be strange moving to a new environment,” he said.
“Warwickshire have helped me out massively so I’ve nothing but good words to say about everyone. It’s bittersweet moving on but hopefully an exciting new chapter in my career.
Brookes has been in good form for the Bears Second XI – hitting 142 and 147 in consecutive matches last month – and hit three tons for the Seconds last year.