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Justin Langer

Justn Langer has agreed in principle to remain with Somerset next season

Somerset captain Justin Langer is set to remain with the county next season after reaching an agreement for a new contract.

Director of cricket Brian Rose has shaken hands with Langer over the deal, which is subject to certain conditions, such as future Indian Premier League dates, as he is already committed to playing in that competition next year.

The former Australia batsman arrived at Taunton midway through the 2006 season and lead Somerset to the LV County Championship Division Two title last season as well as promotion in the NatWest Pro40.

Somerset chief executive Richard Gould made it clear the club were aware that Justin might have to miss the early games of the 2009 campaign.

He said: "While we would naturally love to have Justin for the whole season, we understand that he has made a commitment to Rajasthan Royals that he must honour."

Rose added: "We are hoping to clarify the situation regarding the IPL very soon. I don't expect it to prove a problem as far as Justin staying with us is concerned.

"The club is developing along the right lines on and off the field and continuity is a key factor. Under Justin's excellent leadership, the team have become very competitive in the County Championship First Division and also won promotion in the Pro40 League.

"We now also need to concentrate upon our Twenty20 cricket, which is one area we haven't got right so far. We are looking to become a much greater force in this form of the game over the next two years.

"Justin is aware of this and will have a major influence on taking us to where we want to be. I am delighted he has agreed to stay on for another season."

Langer said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far.

"Last year was exceptional and this season we have continued to move forward by competing strongly in the top division of the Championship and reaching the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy."

"The Twenty20 Cup was in essence a disappointment. There are plenty of areas we can work on and I'm looking forward to playing a part in that and the club's continued development.

"I didn't play in the IPL last year because it was very important to me to honour the commitment I had made to Somerset. Now it is equally important that I honour the contract I signed with Rajasthan Royals in October.

"It remains to be seen how much of the next IPL season will clash with the season over here, but I wouldn't think there would be much of an overlap."

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