ROB Jones has set a target of playing regularly for Lancashire next season after agreeing terms on a new contract.

The all-rounder, who scored close to 700 runs for Toft in the Cheshire County League last summer, will stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the 2020 campaign.

“It’s a great feeling to have my future secured,” said the 23-year-old.

“I absolutely love pulling on the Red Rose jersey and representing Lancashire; the next step for me is to establish myself in the side and help the club secure promotion at the first time of asking.”

Jones, a product of Lancashire’s Academy, also played a crucial role in the side that was victorious at the Second XI T20 Finals Day.

He made his debut for Lancashire in 2016 against Surrey before hitting a maiden first-class century in his third appearance when Middlesex visited Manchester the same year.

A former age-group international for England, he has continued to turn out for Toft when the opportunity arises.

He featured in all but five of the Booth’s Park outfit’s Premier Division fixtures last season, contributing two tons and as many half-centuries as they finished fifth.

“Rob hasn’t played as much first-class cricket as he would have liked over the past two years,” said Glen Chapple, head coach at Lancashire.

“He is absolutely desperate to get a chance in 2019, and performed strongly for the seconds this time around to earn an opportunity with the first team at the end of the season.

“He’s an exciting player with a lot of potential and we’re looking forward to seeing how he develops.”