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Collingwood signs one-year contract extension at Durham

Paul Collingwood Credit: PA

Durham County Cricket Club announces captain Paul Collingwood has signed a fresh deal for the 2018 season.

The 41-year-old all-rounder has committed to another season at the Riverside as he heads into his 23rd year of his playing career.

Collingwood capped an impressive season with three awards at Durham’s 2017 Player of the Year Dinner in Gateshead on Thursday night.

Among his titles are Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Batsman of the year.

Paul Collingwood Credit: PA

Collingwood recorded the Club’s first NatWest T20 Blast century against Worcestershire and added another three hundreds in the four-day format.

This included a career-high first-class score for Durham of 177 against Derbyshire.

He also passed 1,000 Championship runs for the season with a season-ending average of 49.40.

He added 224 Royal London One-Day Cup runs, including 73 not out in the memorable run-chase against Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

He also finished as the Jets’ top-scorer in the T20 Blast with 346 runs.

Paul Collingwood Credit: PA

I am so proud to still be playing for my home County who have given me the perfect environment to fulfil all of my cricketing dreams,” Paul said.

I’ve proven this season that I still have a lot to offer and I feel my role at Durham is still important in helping develop the next generation of Durham cricketers.

I know that this club still has so much to offer English Cricket and despite a challenging season I still feel we can compete for promotion back to the first division in 2018.

We will keep fighting, that’s the Durham spirit, we will keep giving opportunities to home grown players and offering chances for them to play first class cricket.

We have to fight right from the top to the bottom of the club, Durham is a fantastic place to play and they have given me everything over the years.

I will try and help them right until I have zero energy left, at the minute I still have plenty.”

– Paul Collingwood
Club Chairman, Ian Botham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Club Chairman, Ian Botham added:

To keep a player of Paul’s experience and ability at the club is a massive bonus as we continue to strive for promotion back to the top division.

Paul epitomise the values of Durham CCC, both on and off the field, as well as still being a fine player who leads from the front in the role of club captain.

We are delighted to have his services in 2018.”

– Ian Botham