Worcestershire have announced the signing Taylor Cornall on a one-year contract for the 2022 season.

The 22-year-old left-handed opening batsman joins after a successful trial period and will link up with the Three Pears when they return for pre-season training at Malvern College in early November.

He said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be given a contract, something I have worked for all my life. To finally achieve it is something I will forever be grateful for.

“I’ve learnt my trade playing in the leagues. It’s some tough cricket, but you learn a lot about yourself moving forward.

“I would describe myself as a very determined player, willing to do the hard yards to allow myself to succeed. I love to play attacking shots, but I sometimes enjoy it most when times are tough, and it’s hard and gritty.”

Cornall added that he has his sights set on the first team spot available following the retirement of club legend Daryl Mitchell.

He said: “An opportunity up for grabs? Which is what makes it such an exciting opportunity and what makes it very attractive. I’m not 18 anymore; I’m 22, and I want to be making a mark in the first class game.

“Hopefully, I will get the nod at some point in the season, and looking forward to taking my opportunity with both hands.”

During his trial, Cornall scored a century for the Seconds in their final match of the season before impressing head coach Alex Gidman with two days in the nets with the first team at New Road.

Gidman said: “He has learnt things the hard way, spent a lot of time learning his trade, and seems to have a very good head on his shoulders.

“He came down here for a couple of days after that game and fitted in really well and, as a collective, we decided the right thing to do was to give him an opportunity.

“There is an element of unknown about him but a lot of positive things about him as a person and as a cricketer, and we look forward to getting to know him more over the winter, and trying to help him improve.”