County Championship captain Ryan ten Doeschate has committed his future to Essex after signing a one-year contract extension.
The 36-year-old's deal will now run until the end of the 2018 season.
After a fine season in all competitions, ten Doeschate reached 1000 County Championship runs for the campaign and scored the runs that clinched promotion.
The former Dutch international was happy to extend his time in Chelmsford and said:
"My affinity with the club has grown throughout my time with Essex. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this talented squad in the County Championship and hope we can continue to be successful over the next couple of years.
Helping this team to Division One was the perfect way to cap off an excellent season."
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Poyet, who started his career at Charlton, spent time on loan at Huddersfield last season.
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Saints have made four changes to the side that dug deep to beat Bath last weekend at Franklin's Gardens.
Lee Dickson returns at scrum-half. Among the forwards, Alex Waller, Mike Haywood and Courtney Lawes are in for Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley and Christian Day.
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