Smith extends Pears stay
Worcestershire batsman Ben Smith has agreed a new two-year contract with the county as a player and specialist fielding coach.
Last Updated: 21/08/08 11:13am
Veteran Worcestershire batsman Ben Smith has agreed a new two-year contract with the county as a player and specialist fielding coach.
Smith, 36, has signed a full time contract with the Royals, and will remain as a player for the next two seasons before taking on a coaching role on a year round basis.
Director of cricket, Steve Rhodes told the club's official website: "We are delighted that Ben has agreed to extend his playing contract for a further two years.
"He is the ultimate professional in terms of attitude, work ethic and performance. These qualities rub off on other players which means he plays a key role on and off the field.
"Whilst his cricket will remain a priority, we want our younger players to benefit from his skills hence the offer of the full time post as a specialist fielding coach."
Smith also expressed his delight with the deal, and admits the contract offers him an exciting opportunity to continue his career with his beloved county.
"This is an important opportunity as it allows me to continue playing for Worcestershire CCC which is of paramount importance to me but also enables me to start developing a future career in cricket," he said.
"Since joining the county in 2002, I have seen the team develop a blend of youth and experience which augurs well for the next few years and I really look forward to being an integral part of what we all believe will be great success on the field."