Claydon earns fresh Durham deal
Reliable seamer Mitchell Claydon has signed a two-year extension to his Durham contract, committing him to the club until the end of 2014.
The 29-year-old right-armer, who was born in Australia, began his senior career with Yorkshire in 2005 and has featured for Durham since the 2007 season.
He played a bit part in Durham’s 2008 LV= County Championship Division One title, but took 22 wickets in 10 games as his side retained their crown the following season.
This year Claydon has featured in all competitions, taking 30 wickets in 20 competitive appearances, although he has not featured in the back-to-back championship wins that today lifted Durham off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone.
He said: "I love playing for Durham so I'm really pleased to have signed for another two years.
“Winning the LV= County Championship was a career highlight and, with the squad we have and the talent coming up through the ranks, we should be competing to challenge again in the coming seasons.
“My bowling has really come on during my time here and, although this season has been a tough one for the team, our determination and commitment is as strong as ever and I'm proud to be a part of that."
Head Coach Geoff Cook added: "Mitchell has become an integral part of our bowling attack and to have him on board for the next two years is great.
“His role has changed in the last season or so as he has had to take on more responsibility and it seems to be something he has really enjoyed."