KEIGHLEY Cricket Club have announced a new major signing to their backroom staff with the appointment of Stuart Ratcliffe as director of cricket.

Ratcliffe has in excess of 20 years experience of cricket in the Bradford Premier League, most of this time being spent at Keighley.

A club statement read: "His enthusiasm and drive will be crucial in helping the captains of all three senior teams as he nurtures the players, including the juniors, into a well organised and structured unit."

Ratcliffe's appointment is with immediate effect and he hopes to make an impact immediately at a club which has already seen a turn round in fortunes in the last 12 months.