Trescothick signs new deal
Skipper pledges future to Somerset
By Rachel Griffiths. Last Updated: 22/12/09 1:11pm
Trescothick: New Somerset deal
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick has penned a new three-year contract with the club, with the option of an extra season.
"My aim is to play for as long as I can, at least until I am 40 and beyond - if I am fit enough"
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The deal will see the local hero, who will celebrate his 34th birthday on Christmas Day, remain at St James Street until at least the end of 2012.
Veteran Trescothick, who replaced Justin Langer as captain in 2008, has enjoyed the best season of his career since making his debut in 1993.
The skipper was the leading run-scorer in the county championship with 1,817, scoring eight centuries at an average of 75.70, while he also notched up over 1,100 runs in all forms of one-day cricket.
"I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract with Somerset," said Trescothick.
"My aim is to play for as long as I can, at least until I am 40 and beyond - if I am fit enough."
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose expressed his delight at Trescothick's continuing loyalty to the club and hailed the performances he has given at the helm of the team.
"We are all very pleased that Marcus has signed a new contract at the club and I think that this is a result of the development of the side and his appointment as captain and hopefully this long term contract at Somerset will mean that he will finish his playing days with the same county," said Rose.
"In cricket there is a lot more movement of players between counties than there was in my playing days, so it is a great sign that our best player is pledging his future to the club where he started.
"When he has been called upon to skipper the side in Justin Langer's absence in recent seasons he has done an excellent job - for instance like he did in the Pro40 against Gloucestershire at Bristol when he led very much from the front."