PURTON seam bowler Craig Miles will join Warwickshire on a three-year contract at the end of the season, ending his long association with Gloucestershire.

The 24 year old emerged from the Gloucestershire Academy and made his first-class debut as a 16-year-old in 2011 against Northamptonshire.

Join the club staff full-time in 2013, he went on to take nearly 300 wickets across all formats over the next six season, hitting the 50 Championship wicket marker for the first time in 2015 and taking a career best 6-63 in the match at Northampton.

Voted Gloucestershire's young player of the year in 2015, the former Bradon Forest pupil took 52 wickets the following year as well as hitting three half-centuries with the bat.

He won selection to the ECB’s Potential England Performance Programme in the 2013/14 winter and was also selected for the England Performance Programme fast bowling camp following his performances in the 2015 campaign.

The fourth youngest player to represent Gloucestershire in a first-class match, Miles helped Gloucestershire to victory in the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord's.

Miles said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining up with the squad at Edgbaston. I am aware of the talent and ambition within the squad and can’t wait to get started.

“Since joining the Academy as a 13-year-old, I have loved my time at Gloucestershire. Winning the Royal London One-Day Cup In 2015 is a highlight of my career here and I will remember that success fondly.

“I would like to thank all the coaching staff for the guidance and assistance throughout my career and I am grateful for the support I have received from Gloucestershire members and fans.

"Finally, I would also like to thank the team mates that have helped me along the way and I wish the current group of players all the best for the future.”

Warwickshire CCC sport director Ashley Giles said: “Just three weeks ago Craig showed what an exciting prospect he is, by taking five for 69 against us at Edgbaston.

“He consistently takes wickets but has also made notable contributions with the bat throughout his first-class career.

“Aged just 24, he has the opportunity to go far in the game if he continues his development and makes major contributions for Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears.”