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Kent's Callum Haggett follows Simon Jones and Craig Kieswetter out of the Millfield School ranks

By Jack_Wilson  |  Posted: March 25, 2013

Calum Haggett

Calum Haggett

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MILLFIELD SCHOOL has produced some of the country's most talented cricketers.

Ashes winner Simon Jones, England wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter and West Indies opener Kieran Powell all learnt their trade there.

Former Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown, exciting batsman James Hildreth and the late Tom Maynard were also pupils at the Somerset school.

If Kent's newest – and only – signing, Callum Haggett is anything like any of those, the county have unearthed a gem.

The 22-year-old former England U19s all-rounder played second-team cricket for Kent last season and impressed enough to be handed a permanent deal at the St Lawrence Ground.

His hopes for the season are simple.

"My target is to play as much first-team cricket as possible. I want to put in performances as good as I can and hopefully cement a place in the team," Haggett said.

"I'm the only signing but it hasn't felt like there's any pressure on me. Everyone made me feel so welcome – it hasn't come into my thoughts.

"I met a few of the guys last year and it made it that much easier.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it – I can't wait for the season to get started."

Haggett has played three twenty20 matches for Somerset and describes himself as "a bowler who can bat".

He added: "Hopefully I'll be exciting to watch.

"I don't want to pidgeon-hole myself. I want to do as well as I can in both forms of the games.

"Whatever game it is I'll try to give 100 per cent."

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