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Derbyshire have completed the signing of Billy Godleman on a two-year contract.
The 23-year-old left-handed batsman has already gained notable experience at the top of the order having played 69 first-class matches and 41 limited-overs fixtures, passing 50 on 26 occasions in all first team cricket with five centuries.
Godleman spent his formative years at Middlesex where he became the second youngest first-class cricketer for the county behind team mate Steven Finn back in 2005 and scored his maiden century on LV= County Championship debut versus Somerset in 2007.
He has spent the last three seasons with Essex, playing 33 four day matches and netting 1,640 runs with three centuries and a further seven fifties.
Overall Godleman has scored 3,447 first class runs during his career, with five centuries in the longer format of the game.
He was a prodigious talent at England junior level, representing England schools at Under-15s, 16s, 17s and 18s level as well as England Under-19s where he made the highest ODI score in Under-19 history; an unbeaten 149 versus Pakistan in 2007.
Godleman said: ‘‘I am thrilled to be joining Derbyshire and very much looking forward to playing my part in helping the club become established as a force in English cricket."