Warwickshire: Josh Poysden and Alex Mellor sign new two-year deals with Bears

Warwickshire wicket-keeper Alex Mellor celebrates the wicket of Somerset's Peter Trego in the One-Day Cup semi-final win at Edgbaston, August 2016
Alex Mellor was part of the Warwickshire One-Day Cup semi-final line-up against Somerset in August, on the way to the Bears going on to win the 2016 trophy at Lord's

Warwickshire leg-spinner Josh Poysden and wicketkeeper Alex Mellor have signed contract extensions.

Poysden and Mellor, both 25, have committed to the Bears until at least the end of the 2018 season after five Championship games each this summer.

Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball said: "Josh and Alex have big futures here at Edgbaston.

"They played important roles in 2016 and proved that they can compete at the highest level of the domestic game."

Poysden, who was already tied to Edgbaston to the end of 2017, has worked with the England Lions at the National Cricket Centre in Loughborough this autumn and is currently with the Lions squad at their training camp in Dubai.

He has made 16 one-day and 19 T20 appearances for the Bears since initially joining on trial after leaving Cambridge University ahead of the 2014 season.

He also made a late-season breakthrough in the County Championship this summer, taking 15 wickets in his five appearances, including a career-best 5-53 against champions Middlesex at Edgbaston.

Former Staffordshire player Mellor, who first joined the Bears at the end of the 2015 season on a one-year deal, has now signed a new two-year contract.

Mellor, whose late-season Championship appearances came as cover for the injured Tim Ambrose, has also played three limited-overs games.

Still no decision yet on new director of cricket

Warwickshire are still without a director of cricket following the departure of Dougie Brown in October.

They have been strongly linked with a return to Edgbaston for former Bears boss Ashley Giles, who is still contracted to his current county Lancashire for another year.

BBC Sport understands that negotiations remain ongoing with Lancashire over Giles, who still lives in the Midlands.

Chief executive Neil Snowball reiterated last week that they would like to make an appointment before Christmas.

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