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Gloucestershire cricketer Tom Smith thanks 'club family' as he signs two-year contract extension

Gloucestershire all-rounder Tom Smith has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

Smith was a key member of last season's squad which secured promotion to the first division of the County Championship.

It is an honour to have been given a contract extension at this fantastic club. With our promotion to Division One and another strong white ball campaign, it is a really exciting time for this group of players. I can’t wait to contribute to the next two seasons. It has been a very tough couple of years off the field for me personally, and I can’t thank Gloucestershire County Cricket Club enough for all the support they have given me and my family.

– Tom Smith
Tom Smith played a key part in Gloucestershire's 2015 Lord's cup final victory. Credit: PA

Smith's wife died in August 2018 from a rare chronic liver disease.

He took a break from cricket to look after his two children and found support through the Professional Cricketers' Trust.

Last year the 31-year-old finished the season with a first-class batting average of 32, and performed well with the ball in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and the Vitality Blast.

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Tom Smith says he has had a 'tough couple of years' off the field. Credit: PA

Gloucestershire Head Coach Richard Dawson said: “Everyone at the club is delighted that Tom has extended his contract. He played a huge part in the promotion push, especially the two weeks at Cheltenham, and had a very good season in both white ball competitions. He continues to be a role model for the youngsters coming into the club and a senior figure in the changing room and I’m looking forward to him continuing to add to the club on and off the field.”

– Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson

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