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Surrey sign Glamorgan's Tom Maynard

Tom Maynard
Tom Maynard made 71 on his Glamorgan debut in 2007

Batsman Tom Maynard has left Glamorgan to sign a three-year deal with Surrey.

The 21-year-old handed in his notice to the Welsh team following his father Matthew's controversial departure as director of cricket in November 2010.

Matthew Maynard resigned after Colin Metson was appointed head of coaching and Alviro Petersen to the club's captaincy.

"It was a massive decision [to leave] and something I took a long time over," said Maynard, who joins for no fee.

"I had to make sure I was right in my mind that it was good for me to make the move.

"It's unfortunate that I had to leave in bad circumstances but I couldn't have picked a better place to further myself and hopefully take my game to the next level."

Maynard is regarded as one of the most promising young batsmen in the country and has already played 93 first team games for Glamorgan, hitting two one-day centuries and earning number of match-winning innings.

He joins an already youthful batting unit including captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, Jason Roy, Tom Lancefield, Arun Harinath, Gary Wilson, Matthew Spriegel, Steven Davies, Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari.

They will mix with the more experienced batsmen such of Michael Brown, Mark Ramprakash and Zander de Bruyn.

Surrey finished seventh in County Championship Division Two last season while Glamorgan finished four places higher, missing out on promotion on the final day.

But in the same CB40 group, Surrey finished third while Glamorgan were bottom and in the t20 Surrey reached fifth with Glamorgan next to bottom.

"Part of the reason for me joining Surrey because at the moment they've got such an exciting line-up and play a brand of cricket that I really enjoy watching as well as hopefully being a part of," added Maynard.

"I've come to win things, that's what I want to do. I want to play in a team full of winners and a team that can win trophies.

"It was a no brainer really with the way this team is going."

Captain Hamilton-Brown said: "Tom is one of the best one-day cricketers going around and exactly the sort of player we have been hoping to attract to the club.

"It's hugely exciting to have him at the Kia Oval and I know he will make an impact both on the field and in the dressing room."

Surrey's professional cricket manager Chris Adams added: "We were painfully on the receiving end of what he is capable of last season.

"Although this was not a signing we had planned for, it was an opportunity that was too good not to take and I am delighted that Tom is adding further depth to what is looking like a very strong squad."

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see also
Allenby signs new Glamorgan deal
19 Jan 11 |  Glamorgan
Petersen holds talks with Maynard
11 Jan 11 |  Glamorgan
Batsman Maynard to quit Glamorgan
29 Dec 10 |  Glamorgan
Harris & Maynard pen contracts
08 Oct 10 |  Glamorgan

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