Spinner Tom Smith signs long-term Gloucestershire deal

Gloucestershire have signed left-arm spinner Tom Smith on a three-year deal following a three-month loan spell at the County Ground.

The 26-year-old has played in all formats of the game since moving from Middlesex on a temporary basis in June.

Smith said: "I am really excited about joining Gloucestershire permanently.

"It has been a great three months on loan and to be staying here for the next three seasons is a fantastic challenge for me."

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Tom controls the scoreboard when he bowls in all forms of the game and I rate him highly

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell

Smith, who was initially signed as injury cover for Gloucestershire's FLt20 campaign, has been released by Middlesex following four years at Lord's.

He added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my loan time and to have the opportunity to join this young and exciting squad was a easy decision to make."

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: "I am delighted Tom has agreed to sign a contract.

"We are pleased with the progress he has made since joining us and the all-round skills that he is starting to show.

"He controls the scoreboard when he bowls in all forms of the game and I rate him highly.

"His batting has been somewhat neglected in the past, but he has played a number of promising innings for us and will be useful in that respect too."