Ten things about the Outlaws’ new signing that you probably won’t know.


His full name is William Alan Richard Fraine and he will turn 22 on 13 June.


He used to play rugby union as an inside centre for West Yorkshire Under-13s, Huddersfield RUFC and Bromsgove School before giving it up due to bad knee injuries to concentrate on his cricket.


Fraine is a keen follower of rugby league and a Huddersfield Giants supporter, with his grandad, Alan Redfearn, having represented them during their amateur days.


There is plenty of cricketing rivalry in his family. Although both his uncles played to a good standard, neither signed professional, but his younger brother Thomas, 11, is determined to follow him into the county ranks.


His first century was on his 13th birthday for Silcoates School against Read School.


The Huddersfield-born player’s highest scored is 174 not out, which came in a T20 game for Himley against Brewood in the Bimingham League, and he has scored ‘four or five’ other scores over 150.


He is just in the process of finishing a degree in Sport, Exercise and Physical activity at Durham University, where he has played regularly for the Durham MCCU side.


Having him watched him play on television all around the world, Fraine is hugely looking forward to practising alongside Ross Taylor, and hopes to learn from the New Zealand international, Captain Steven Mullaney and Head Coach Peter Moores.


With his dad and uncle being huge Manchester City fans, Fraine used to support Manchester United as a youngster ‘just to annoy them.’


Nowadays, however, his football allegiances lie with hometown club Huddersfield Town, who he is delighted have stayed in the Premier League for another season after a successful fight against relegation.


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