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Key to captain Kent again

Kent have announced Rob Key as the club captain for the 2014 campaign with Sam Northeast performing the role of vice-captain.

The 34-year-old batsman led the side from seven years before stepping down at the end of the 2012 season.

“I’m delighted to take the reins again," said Key. "I believe we have a talented group of players and I hope to lead them to success.”

James Tredwell, who led the county during 2013, announced his desire to step down at the end of this campaign due to his international commitments.

Rob Key, pictured, has been appointed as the new captain of Kent after James Tredwell decided to step down from the role"It was with great honour that I took on the captaincy role 12 months ago, and it has been a very tough decision to not carry on," said Tredwell.

“However my increased involvement with the England one-day squad over last winter and our summer meant I missed large chunks of time in Kent colours and found this particularly difficult.

“This may or may not be the same going forward, so in the eventuality I may not be around I feel it is in the best interests of our team here at Kent that I stand aside."

Kent chairman Graham Johnson added: “We respect James’ desire to focus on his England career and we thank him for his leadership during the 2013 season.

"James remains committed to the club and retains his desire to offer leadership in the future. That he has that capability is recognised by Kent and indeed Team England, who selected him as captain of England during the 2013 season.

“In Rob, clearly we have someone with all the attributes required of a captain who has shown a great commitment to the county over a great number of years, and a player who has progressed through the Kent system.

"Having had a season off from what is a demanding role, he shows a renewed desire for the role and an appreciation of what it will take to develop Kent's on field performance from a squad with much potential. 

“Sam, as vice-captain has also risen through the Kent system, demonstrating a great deal of potential and contributing to the club at the highest level.

"The combination of the two is exciting and the early announcement gives us all plenty of time to achieve clarity of purpose across a number of areas and to provide a focus for the 2014 season and all that it promises.

"Our objectives remain the same, the challenge is to achieve the higher level of performance delivery to which the players and those following Kent aspire.”

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