Warwickshire have signed James Ord and Chris Woakes, on summer contracts for 2007. Both young men are products of the club's Academy system and enjoyed impressive seasons.
The 18-year-old Ord is a top-order batsman who made his Second XI debut last summer. He underlined his potential with a half-century against Yorkshire and an unbeaten 183 against Glamorgan Under-19.
He is the grandson of Jimmy Ord, a fine batsman and member of Warwickshire's Championship-winning side of 1951 and has recently started at Loughborough UCCE where he will train with fellow Warwickshire Academy player Luke Radford.
Woakes, 17, is a seam-bowling all-rounder who enjoyed a remarkably rapid rise last summer and broke into the first team to play against West Indies A in August.
He is viewed as one of the most exciting young players at the club and a long-term successor to Dougie Brown. He also performed creditably for Herefordshire with bat and ball in the Minor Counties Championship.
* Plans are underway to relocate the administrative staff at Edgbaston. They are to be moved from the pavilion and into a series of prefabricated buildings in the car park by the Thwaite Gates. It is hoped the move will improve inter-staff communications and free the pavilion for refurbishment and eventual rebuilding.