The 16-year-old all-rounder, Heywood’s youngest ever first team debutant at the age of 13, is one of eight players named by Lancashire for winter training and the prospect of playing for the 2nd X1 in 2018.
Also called into the squad is Clifton’s Sam Dorsey, whose progress through the junior ranks has mirrored that of Jack.
First team assistant coach Mark Chilton, second team head coach Chris Benbow and performance manager Steve Titchard are part of the Academy support staff.
And it is hoped that, in the New Year, former Red Rose all-rounder Tom Smith plus first team squad men Graham Onions – the new signing from Durham – and Steve Croft will assist with coaching sessions.
Academy director Gary Yates said: “With continued development we hope that many of the players will have the opportunity to play for the scond team next season.”
The youngster’s exploits for Heywood, as a left-arm spinner and left-hand bat, have made him one of the most exciting graduates from the Club’s youth system.
Jack’s father Rob said: “It’s exciting times for the family and the first step on the Lancashire ladder. But it’s ultimately down to Jack to show dedication and the will to develop.”
Jack, who will not reach the age of 17 until June, reflects: “I had my sights set on several main goals during 2017, starting with selection for the Bunbury ECB England Under-16s squad which toured Sri Lanka in March, when I was named as the leading bowler.
“Next was progression to Lancashire Cricket Board junior county level to play some fixtures a year above my age group for the Under-17s.
“That was surpassed when I was asked to join the Under-17s squad for the full season for both the one-day Cup and three-day County Championship.
“I ended up being the third leading wicket-taker nationally, and the team just lost out in the final of the one-day competition on the penultimate ball to Middlesex.
“As a long shot I had one eye on selection for the ECB Under-17s Super 4s competition with the North of England team. Being a year young was a challenge as I was competing with not only Under-17s players but also Under-18s.
“But selection was achieved and the full week’s play at Loughborough was a great experience – especially when four of the players at the competition were selected for the England Under-19s World Cup squad.
“Following on from Bunbury and the Sri Lanka tour, I was lucky enough to be selected to represent the ESCA in a game at Lord’s against the MCC. It was a wonderful couple of days down in the big smoke but rain set in on match day and washed out any play.
“At club level for Heywood my aim was to compete on all fronts and be the leading bowler at first team level, which I achieved.
“Now I have made it into the Lancashire Cricket Club Academy and this opportunity will help me develop my all-round game, with the possibility of getting the chance to feature in one or two 2nd X1 fixtures in 2018.”
Club chairman John Rhodes said: “We at Heywood Cricket Club are all immensely proud of what Jack has achieved, both with us and at higher levels.
“The fact that he has come through our junior system shows that youngsters can use it as a stepping stone to greater things, and we wish Jack all the success in the world.”
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