PRESTIGIOUS batsman Harry Brook has signed a new two-year contract extension with Yorkshire, which will see him stay at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.

The White Rose club have also announced a new three-year deal for wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Tattersall, which likewise retains his services until the end of 2021.

Brook enjoyed an encouraging breakthrough season in the first team this year, his standout innings being a brilliant century in an early season County Championship win against Essex at Chelmsford.

Harrogate-born Tattersall, 24, had been released at the end of 2015 after only one first-team appearance in 2013 but impressed after being invited back to play in the second team at the end of 2016 and, after earning himself a deal for 2018, did enough at first-grade last season to merit a longer stay.

Brook, currently having a winter spell in Sydney Grade Cricket for the University of New South Wales club, said: “To make it another three years is brilliant and having that security will enable me to go out and express myself on the field.

“Being around the senior players, learning as much as possible and just trying to play the best cricket I can - it has been brilliant. I’m looking forward to more of the same in the future.

“Yorkshire is the biggest club in the world and to be able to represent the county is a huge honour.”

Brook’s initial chance came on the back of a string of impressive second XI and Academy scores - 127, 47 not out, 126, 112, 37 and 161 in six straight innings - including a match-winning century in the second-team one-day Trophy final against Middlesex in mid-2017.

But it was 2018 which saw his rise to prominence continue apace.

The former England Under-19s captain, who has been involved with Yorkshire since U13s level, added: “I had a good start (to 2018). I got a couple of fifties and a hundred at the start of the year and then it dropped off and I ended up with just short of 600 runs.

"That’s okay for the first year but there’s never enough runs to be had, you can always try and get more and that’s what I’ll be doing next year.

“It was a reasonably successful season for me, but I’m quite harsh on myself, so I’ll never be happy with any end result.

“The highlight of last year for me was the century down at Chelmsford, winning the game after being bowled out for 50. It was a remarkable effort.”

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon said of Brook: “He’s obviously someone we see as having a great future. He’s such a naturally talented young cricketer. It’s important we don’t underestimate his bowling as well.

“His talent is there for all to see and he now needs to learn how the game works and develop his game around what is required to be a first-class cricketer and hopefully an international cricketer in the future."

Former Harrogate player Tattersall - who captained Yorkshire at U17s, Academy and Second XI level as well as England U19s in 2013 - made his first-class and Championship debut in a pink ball draw at Hampshire this year and hit fifties against champions Surrey at Scarborough and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

He also debuted in the T20 Blast against Durham in July and was an ever-present throughout the campaign.

He said of his deal: “It takes a lot off your shoulders and you can go out and work hard through the winter without worrying about whether or not you’re out of contract at the end of the following season.

“Obviously, last season was brilliant and hopefully I can now push on."

He added: “I remember when Martyn Moxon had that meeting with me when I got released and he said to me, ‘This isn’t the end of Jonny Tattersall,’ and that has been proven by me going away and working hard and the club taking me back.

“It’s good that I’ve been able to produce performances which suggest I’ve got something that the coaches like.”

Moxon said: “It's a remarkable story. From last winter, when it was suggested about trying to get into the first-team as a wicketkeeper and working hard on it through the winter. I don’t think any of us expected him to have the success he did so quickly. It’s a remarkable rise and testament to his hard work and talent. Hopefully he’ll go from strength to strength now.”