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Somerset skipper Justin Langer is poised to sign a new one-year contract with the county “later this week”.

The former Australia opener, who played for Middlesex between 1998 and 2000, enjoyed a six-week spell at Taunton last year which included his highest first-class score of 342 in an LV County Championship match against Surrey.

The 36-year-old agreed to become Somerset captain in the wake of his retirement following his country`s 5-0 demolition of England over the winter and is now in talks to extend his stay into 2008.

Director of cricket Brian Rose told the official Somerset website: “Justin has already publicly stated that he wants to come back and play for Somerset in 2008.

“He is thoroughly enjoying his cricket with Somerset and has been making positive noises, in addition to which his family are enjoying their time over here in England as well.

Chief executive Richard Gould added: “Discussions with Justin regarding his likely return to Somerset for next season are at an advanced stage and an official announcement will be made later this week.”

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