All-rounder Danial Ibrahim has signed his first professional contract with Sussex.

The 17-year-old signed a rookie deal earlier in the summer and has impressed for the first team in the past couple of months.

He became the youngest player in County Championship history to score a half-century when he made 55 on debut against Yorkshire at Headingley in June.

Ibrahim then followed that up by scoring another fifty a month later in his second match against Glamorgan.

He also played in all of seven of the Sharks’ Royal London One-Day Cup matches this season, taking six wickets and making a top score of 46 against Lancashire on his List A debut at Sedbergh School last month.

After signing his new multi-year deal, Ibrahim admits it is a dream come true.

He said: “I was over the moon when I signed my first long-term contract with the club.

"It’s something I’ve dreamt of doing ever since I started playing the game and now it feels so surreal that it has happened.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

"The endless driving around the country all year round and their support as well as the training my dad has given me has all helped me massively to get to where I am now.

“I would also like to thank all coaches in the pathway and especially Richard Halsall for giving me the confidence and support I have needed to make this next step.

“I’ve felt so welcomed coming into the first team.

"The players and staff have been great, and it’s been great to be able to spend time with Sals [Ian Salisbury] and Kirts [James Kirtley] who have helped me so much so far and given me the confidence I need to perform on this stage.

“I am really excited to see what the years to come bring.

"I can’t wait to continue my journey with the club and hopefully bring trophies back to Hove in the coming years.”

Ibrahim becomes the second player in the last week to sign their first professional contract with leg spinner Archie Lenham also committing his future to the club.

Read more: Sussex's Archie Lenham signs first professional contract

But Sussex’s Championship & One-Day Head Coach, Ian Salisbury is excited to see where the likes of Ibrahim and Lenham can take the club in the future.

He said: “In much the same way as Archie [Lenham] and James [Coles], Dan’s temperament is just as impressive as his talent. He plays with no fear and always backs himself.

“Dan’s progress thus far is testament to that mindset, but also the club’s decision to integrate our Academy with our pro-squad as much as possible and to give first team opportunities to our promising youngsters.  “We want to sign cricketers that can play in all three formats and Dan is one of those.

"Add in the fact he is a genuine all-rounder and that is absolutely priceless to any team.

"He’s one of a number of young guys we have like that, and I am hugely excited about where they could take Sussex in four- or five-years’ time.”