Lewis McManus makes permanent switch from Hampshire to Northamptonshire

Hampshire wicketkeeper Lewis McManus has agreed a permanent move to Northamptonshire on a two-year deal that runs until the end of the 2024 season.

The 27-year-old McManus has been loaned to Northants since the start of the season, following the abrupt departure of former captain and wicket-keeper Adam Rossington. He has been a mainstay in the first XI, playing every game in the Championship and Vitality Blast so far.

“I am delighted to sign for Northamptonshire on a permanent basis.” said McManus. “I’ve enjoyed my time here so far this season and it’s a great club. I really enjoy playing with the boys and working with the coaching staff.”

“I’m very excited about the next two years with Northamptonshire and to see where we can go and take on the silverware challenge.”

McManus has a championship average of 29.28, with four half-centuries, with Northamptonshire in the middle of Division One. On Sunday, he scored a century in a warm-up game against Bedfordshire, ahead of the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

“He’s been brilliant, an absolute true professional, a top man and a great cricketer,” said Northamptonshire head coach John Sadler. “The boys have a lot of respect for him and he’s going to play a big part for us.

“He is an open-minded character who wants to learn and constantly improve. We know how good he is and we know he will only get better.”

“When you come into a new dressing room it can be hard to be vocal. But he grew and grew as he settled in, and since it was announced he would be here all season, he’s just become a natural leader behind the sticks We can’t fault him, and we’re just really happy to have him on board.”

Coming through in Hampshire, McManus made his first-class debut in 2015, but had seen his chances at first-team cricket diminish with the arrival of Ben Brown from Sussex in the winter.

Hampshire’s cricket director, Giles White, said: “Lewis has been a fantastic servant to the club and an incredibly popular player; we will miss him. On behalf of everyone at Hampshire, I would like to thank him for his contributions over the years and wish him the best with his move to Northamptonshire.”