Jonathan Clare signs new three-year Derbyshire contract

Jonathan Clare has signed a new three-year contract with Derbyshire which commits him to the club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Clare has made 34 first-class appearances for the Club since making his debut late in the 2007 campaign.

He scored 555 runs and took 31 wickets during his debut season including a century and a seven wicket haul in the match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Clare has scored 1,139 runs at an average of 27.11 and take 92 wickets at 29.14 during his Derbyshire career so far.

Jonathan Clare said, “It’s great to know the club are backing me to succeed long-term with the awarding of this contract and I hope we are in for some exciting times during the next few seasons.

“After a couple of stop-start campaigns where injuries have struck and limited the amount of cricket I have been able to play, it has been pleasing to become a regular again in the team this season.

“Things have been going well and hopefully they will continue to do so for the next few years.”

Head Coach Karl Krikken said, “Jon showed a huge amount of promise during his debut full season in 2008 and it has been great to see him start to realise that potential during the current campaign.

“It’s always great for the balance of the side to have a player who is capable of scoring centuries as well as performing as a front line bowler.

“Jon has all the talent and attributes to succeed both as a batsman and a bowler. He also brings an excellent attitude and work ethic to the camp. I’m delighted he will be here for at least the next three years.”

Chairman Chris Grant added, “The story of Jon Clare’s rise from Second XI trialist to flourishing professional cricketer is one that gives hope to young aspiring cricketers around the country.

“The opportunity to prove himself at first team level was a long time coming for Jon but, crucially, when it came he grasped it with both hands and has since demonstrated an exceptional attitude to his cricket which is allowing his undoubted talent to flourish.

“Jon is an entertaining player to watch and it has been great to see him scoring runs and taking wickets during the current season – a happy trend I hope to see him continue for years to come.”

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