Pace bowler Chris Whelan has signed a new deal with Worcestershire that will keep him at New Road until the end of the 2011 season.
Whelan, born in Liverpool, joined Worcestershire from Middlesex in 2008, and has this season picked up 41 wickets in all competitions, excelling in the Friends Provident Trophy and Twenty20 Cup competitions earlier in the year.
"Under the guidance of Matt Mason and our other senior bowlers, Chris has really developed this year, particularly in the one day format," Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said.
"He has the ability to vary his bowling and is capable of bowling some really quick deliveries. The 12 month contracts have helped his general conditioning, he is still young and certainly has the ability to become a top line bowler."
Whelan added: "I have really settled in Worcester and I have enjoyed my cricket since moving here. Everybody attached to the club has been terrific in making me feel like this is the club I want to be playing for. More importantly I have been able to develop my skills and have been given the opportunity to play regular 1st XI cricket in both formats. I'm also very excited about the future at New Road both on the field and also the developments planned for the Ground."
This new deal comes after a week in which it was confirmed that both Steven Davies and Gareth Batty would be playing for Surrey next year.
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