GWENT cricketer Callum Taylor is aiming to take his form from the seconds into the first team after signing a new deal with Glamorgan.

The 24-year-old earned a shot at Sophia Gardens by starring for Newport in the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

Taylor, whose father Matthew captained Pontypool RFC, made his debut three years ago in the T20 Blast and made a sensational first-class debut the following year with an 88-ball century.

The all-rounder endured a frustrating 2022 in which he frequently starred for Glamorgan’s seconds but failed to get chances in the firsts.

Taylor has signed fresh terms and intends to keep knocking at the door.

South Wales Argus: Callum Taylor in action with the ballCallum Taylor in action with the ball

“I feel that I have a lot to offer the team and if I keep performing like I did for the seconds, I know the opportunities will come in the first team,” he said.

“I’m working extremely hard on all facets of my game so I can continue to improve and perform at the next level."

Taylor scored 976 league runs for Newport at an average of 81.33, hitting a top score of 196 not out and recording three 50s and four centuries. He took 37 wickets at an average of 18.81.

Glamorgan director of cricket Mark Wallace, a Spytty Park teammate, believes the all-rounder made progress with the ball.

“Callum played very well in the second team this season and his off-spin has come on leaps and bounds,” he said.

“Although he didn’t get the first-team opportunities he would have liked this year, he remains an important member of the squad.”

Tom Bevan, Timm van der Gugten, Billy Root and Jamie McIlroy have signed two-year contracts while Andy Gorvin has joined Taylor in agreeing a one-year deal.