Essex have announced that veteran seamer David Masters has signed a one-year contract extension.
The 35-year-old was due to be out of contract at the end of next summer, but he has now committed to Essex until after the 2015 season.
Masters, awarded a benefit year last summer, ended the 2013 campaign as the county's leading first-class wicket-taker for the fourth straight year.
The former Kent and Leicestershire bowler took 51 wickets in 16 County Championship appearances and claimed a further 16 scalps in the limited-overs competitions.
"I am very happy to a have signed a new contract with Essex," said Masters, who joined the club from Leicestershire in 2007.
"Being 35 years old, this will take me up the age of 37 and I want to play for as long as I can. This is a great step for me to continue playing cricket for as long as I can continue to perform on the pitch.
"There is also a lot of responsibility for me now to help the younger players coming through at the club and pass on my experience of the game."
Essex head coach, Paul Grayson added: "It is great news that David has signed with the Club for two years.
"He is an incredible professional who has shown not only in this season, but in the past years that he puts everything into his performances on the field of play and is instrumental in leading our bowling attack.
"After ending the year as the club's leading first-class wicket-taker in 2013, I'm sure he will continue where he left off next season.""