Cape Town - English cricket county Surrey have announced the signing of teenage fast bowler Conor McKerr on a three-year contract.
McKerr, 18, has represented South Africa Under-19s but has decided to now forge a career in England as he possesses a British passport.
The 6 foot 6 inch seamer will join the Surrey professional playing staff for pre-season in March.
After signing the deal, McKerr told Surrey’s official website: “I am unbelievably excited about being given the opportunity of playing for an amazing county like Surrey at the Kia Oval. I am really looking forward to it and the challenges it will bring.”
Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, added: “I have a number of people around the world whose judgement of a player I trust. When I was made aware of the immense potential of Conor it made good sense to sign him. Following the retirements of Chris Tremlett, Tim Linley and David Balcombe we needed to add to our bowling resources and Conor is a part of this process.”