Steel enjoyed a breakout season with Durham in 2019, scoring 369 runs at a strike-rate of 136.7 in the T20 Blast. Getty

Leicestershire have secured the services of promising young batsman Scott Steel on a three-year deal after the 21-year-old turned down a contract extension with Durham.

Steel enjoyed a breakout season with Durham in 2019, scoring 369 runs at a strike-rate of 136.7 in the T20 Blast. His numbers diminished in 2020 but Durham had been hoping to re-sign him with an eye on building the team around him. Instead, Steel and T20 captain Nathan Rimmington are part of a host of cricketers leaving Durham.

"It is extremely disappointing that Scott Steel has decided to move on from Durham," said Marcus North, Durham's director of cricket. "Following our offer to extend Scott's contract at Durham, we could not offer the guarantees he was ultimately looking for and this has resulted in him accepting a three-year contract with another county. We wish Scott all the best for his future career."

Meanwhile, Leicestershire, who recently lost Tom Taylor to Northamptonshire with Paul Horton expected to follow suit, are buoyed at the prospect of adding top-order muscle.

"We're delighted to have Scott join us at Leicestershire," head coach Paul Nixon said. "Scott will add power to our current squad: he is a dangerous batsman who has match-winning credentials."