Archer signs multi-year deal with Hobart

Bajan import Jofra Archer has taken the Big Bash by storm, and the Hobart Hurricanes have locked him in for another two seasons in purple

Laura Jolly

30 January 2018, 12:55 PM AEST

Pace sensation Jofra Archer will be in purple for another two KFC BBL seasons after the Hobart Hurricanes announced the rising star has re-signed with the club until the end of BBL|09.

The 22-year-old allrounder was a late call-up for the Hurricanes for BBL|07, contracted when England quick Tom Curran was called into his country's Test squad for the Magellan Ashes.

But Barbados-born, Sussex-residing Archer was quick to make a major impact with the BBL club, capturing 15 wickets in 10 matches to help the Hurricanes secure a berth in the semi-finals.

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Archer is quickly building cult-figure status thanks to his ice-cool on-field persona, brilliant fielding skills and pre-match antics, which include riding Ten Network cameramen's segways around the field pre-game.

"I'm very excited to be staying. I've grown to love Hobart – it's a really nice place," Archer said.

"The home supporters really make you feel welcome and they back you in. Especially that last over against the Strikers, it was one of the best atmospheres I've bowled in.

"The Big Bash is a really great competition to play in and to learn."

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Archer, whose outstanding BBL|07 campaign helped him land a A$1.4m contract with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League auction on Saturday, said the Hurricanes had approached him a couple of weeks ago about signing on beyond this season.

"I think it was after the game against the Adelaide Strikers at Blundstone Arena that the Hurricanes came to my management and said they wanted to re-sign me," he said.

Archer's re-signing means Hobart have their two internationals locked in for next summer, with England's Tymal Mills already contracted for BBL|08.

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The pair also play together for English county side Sussex, with Archer saying he was eager to continue to bowl alongside his fellow international both in England and Australia.

"I think it will have a big impact on the team because we can help each other on the field and we can see where each of us might need to improve," he said.

"So having two overseas players from the same place really helps the bond with each other and the team."

Archer is also enjoying the cult figure status he has earned in Hobart this summer.

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"It means a lot. It's a bit different from England – they support you on the field but you don't get recognised much off the field," he said.

"Whereas here whenever you go down the street, everyone is saying 'well bowled' or 'nice catch', which is heart-warming really."

The Hurricanes travel to Perth on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Thursday's BBL semi-final clash against the Scorchers at the new Optus Stadium.

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