It has been announced that Archie Vaughan, the son of former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has signed his first professional cricket contract.

Archie, 18, has signed a contract with Somerset in England that will see him play there for the 2025 and 2026 seasons, beginning in November later this year.

A talented top-order batter and offspinner, Archie debuted for Somerset's second team in 2022 and previously toured the UAE with them, where he competed in the Abu Dhabi T20 Counties Super Cup.

"It's something that I've worked extremely hard for and it's something that I've strived for since I was a kid, so to get the opportunity for a club where I've really enjoyed myself over the last few years is an honour," Archie Vaughan said on Somerset's club website.

"I will be looking to gain as much experience as I can and learn as much as I can from the more experienced players in the dressing room."

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A second-generation cricketer, Archie's father is former England captain Michael Vaughan, who represented the country in 82 Tests and 86 ODIs but is mostly remembered for being the captain of their 2005 Ashes victory against Australia.

It is understood that Archie's first contract will see him join a long list of individuals who are following in the footsteps of their fathers' in domestic cricket in England.

This list includes Rocky and Corey Flintoff (the sons of Andrew Flintoff), Josh de Caires (the son of Michael Atherton) and Haydon Mustard (the son of Phil Mustard).

"Archie is a young man with a bright future ahead of him," Somerset's Director of Cricket Andy Hurry added.

"Since joining the academy, he has demonstrated a genuine and strong desire to work incredibly hard and improve every facet of his game."

"This hard work alongside his impressive on-field performances has led to second XI opportunities, in which he has flourished."