Essex spin bowler Tim Phillips has signed a one-year contract extension.
The 29-year-old can therefore look forward to the 2011 county season after his future with the Eagles had appeared in the balance .
"I have been at the club for a long time now and I am excited to have agreed a one year extension," Phillips, who arrived at Chelmsford in 1999, told the club's official website.
"I am looking to build on last season where I was playing good cricket and stayed relatively injury-free throughout. This was pleasing for me and I now want to progress this through to next season and contribute as much as I can to the team."
Phillips insists the main goal for the upcoming season is to regain promotion back into Division One of the County Championship.
"Promotion back to Division One is an objective that the squad is fully focused on and we believe this is more than achievable with the players we have throughout the team," he added.