Sussex captain Michael Yardy has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2012 season.
The talented all-rounder led his side to Twenty20 Cup glory in 2009, however Sussex dropped out of Division One of the LV=County Championship in his first season at the helm.
Yardy, though, averaged 41.84 with the bat in the four-day game in '09 - scoring two centuries and five fifties over the course of the season.
"I'm very excited to have agreed a new contract and I'm looking forward to helping improve the club and achieving our goals for the 2010 season with the players and coaching staff," said Yardy.
Mark Robinson, Sussex's professional cricket manager, said: "It's fantastic to see the captain, along with other senior players such as Chris Nash, Ed Joyce and Luke Wright, committing themselves to the club.
"Yards led the team brilliantly in his first term as captain. He's only going to grow as a leader and as a player. He is a massively important cog in both our four and one-day aspirations."