Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman has signed an extension to his contract with the club which should see him remain a Gladiators player until the end of the 2013 season.
His current deal was due to expire at the end of the year and his signing is a major boost for the club, which has lost William Porterfield, Anthony Ireland, Gemaal Hussain and Steve Kirby during the close season.
Gloucestershire chief executive told the club's website (www.gloscricket.co.uk): “We are delighted that Alex has signed a new contract. He has been a key player for us over a number of years and we see him as an important part of the team both now and in the future.
“We are committed to creating a vibrant new-look team capable of challenging in all competitions and Alex will be integral to guiding the new team to future success.”
Gidman said “I am really pleased to have agreed a new contract with Gloucestershire. I see this as one of the most exciting times of my career both personally and for the club. I have been lucky enough to play with some fantastic cricketers over the years and have won 2 trophies, now it is my turn to try and lead a younger team to similar success. The club is moving forward and I want to support the direction both on and off the pitch.”
Gidman made his Gloucestershire debut in 2001 and was appointed as club capain in 2009, also representing England A, England Lions and the MCC during his time as a Gloucestershire player.
Gloucestershire are 16/1 to win the second division of the LV= County Championship in 2011 with
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