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New deal for Kirby

Gloucestershire paceman staying at Bristol

Kirby: New deal

Gloucestershire have handed paceman Steve Kirby a new long-term deal with the club.

The former Yorkshire bowler says he had a long think about his future but decided to remain with the County Championship Division Two side.

Kirby says being settled in Bristol helped him to make the decision to extend his stay. "I am absolutely delighted to be signing a long-term contract at Gloucestershire," he said.

"This has not been any easy decision. In fact, it is the toughest decision of my life.

"A major factor has been my family. They are very settled in Bristol and Gloucestershire are a strong family unit and look after them very well."

Still keen to play for England, Kirby says incoming coach John Bracewell was also a big factor in his decision to sign a new contract.

"The other massive factor has been the appointment of John Bracewell as director of cricket. I am really looking forward to working with him.

"I am still massively ambitious to play for England and I do feel he can help me continue to improve."

News of the 30-year-old's three-year-deal comes a day after batsman Alex Gidman also pledged his future to the county.