Harry Brook is planning to be a one club man, admitting: “I want my whole career to be here.”
Brook has penned a new contract to remain at Yorkshire until at least the end of 2027, by which time he is hoping to have added some more silverware to the Headingley trophy cabinet.
The Burley-in-Wharfedale star has been one of the standout batters in English cricket this summer, plundering more than 1,300 runs in Championship and T20 cricket for Yorkshire.
A run of 13 scores above 50 in 20 innings, including three Championship hundreds, has put him as the next cab off England’s Test batting rank.
Asked about his decision to commit his future to the county, the 23-year-old said: “It was a very easy decision, and hopefully my whole career will be with this club.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Yorkshire since I was young. All my family are in Yorkshire, and we’re very tight-knit.
“First and foremost, I’m looking forward to the next five years and what that might bring.
“Hopefully we can get a few bits of silverware in there.
“It’s exciting and always nice to be at home.”
Following the news of impending departures for Vitality Blast captain David Willey and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, there was concern outside Headingley that others such as Brook would follow suit.
However, he and fellow homegrown youngster Dom Leech, the homegrown fast bowler who is unfortunately back on the sidelines with broken metatarsal at present, were quick to commit their futures to the county and offer cheer to supporters.
“There’s been a lot of stuff happening in the last few years – ups and downs,” said Brook.
“We’re losing a couple of players, but that’s part of the rebuilding process. Hopefully a few of us up there in that changing room now can be the heart of that and drive it forwards for the next few years.”
Brook says he relishes the extra focus on him as a key and, at present, in-form player.
“I do like that kind of thing,” he continued. “Having a bit of added pressure and focus on me for the next five years is something I’ll thrive off.”
Brook’s words are a clear show of faith in the direction Yorkshire is heading in at present, under the leadership of Darren Gough and Ottis Gibson.
“There’s been a sense of freedom,” he said.
“You can probably tell by the way we’ve played this year. We’re scoring at a quick rate in red ball, not just white ball. We’re also always looking to take wickets with the ball.
“I think we’re playing a really good brand of cricket in all formats.”
Brook has been in each of England’s three Test squads against New Zealand so far this summer and will hope to be again for India at Edgbaston on Friday.
But he is yet to debut in that format, only playing once so far at senior level in a T20 international against the West Indies in Barbados back in January.
The exhilarating right-hander has always been one for keeping his head down and letting his bat do the talking with regards to his international ambitions. And, looking ahead to the rest of this summer, it is no different for a player who has captained Yorkshire in three Blast games recently in Willey’s absence because of ODI commitments.
He added: “I’ve just got to keep on thinking about the next game and what that might bring, to try and keep scoring runs for Yorkshire.”
Unfortunately, the last week has been bittersweet for 21-year-old quick Leech, who has committed his future to the county until at least the end of 2024 but is facing up to missing the rest of this season having had surgery on a left foot injury.
Leech has only just returned from a broken rib to impress with five wickets in three Blast games, including 3-13 in two overs against Derbyshire last weekend.
But coach Gibson said: “I was impressed with Dom in pre-season when I saw him, and we gave him an opportunity when he came back from his first injury. Then he goes and gets a freak foot injury.
“He’s got a broken metatarsal on his landing foot, his left.
“He’s had surgery (Friday), and I’m told by the medical team that it’s gone well. But it’s just so disappointing for him because he bowled well at Derby last weekend.
“All the games he’s played he’s gone really nicely, and we were looking to get him more involved. But it looks like his season could be over.
“It’s going to be six to 12 weeks recovery. If it’s 12, the season’s over. I’m hoping not. At the same time, we have to be realistic.
“He’s someone we think very highly of. So to tie him down to a new contract is fantastic for us.
“He came into this summer off the back of a winter when I didn’t really get the opportunity to work that much with him. There’s a few things we need to iron out technically. But I think it’s very exciting.
“We look forward to having a full winter with him.”
Gibson added: “Brooky is the heart and soul of our batting at the moment. He’s the most in-form batter in the country. I know Jonny got another hundred in the Test at Headingley, but Brooky’s been doing it all season across the formats. He’s playing really, really well.
“The England team is hard to get into, but he’s here waiting for his opportunity.
“This is his club. He’s a passionate Yorkshireman who loves making runs and winning games for us. We’re very proud to have him in our team.”