Friday 26 October 2007 

Jacques Rudolph Signs Four-Year Deal At Yorkshire

Jacques Rudolph has signed a new 4-year contract with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The 26-year-old South African born batsman had two seasons remaining on his initial deal which saw him join the county in 2007. The new deal will see him remain at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground until at least the end of the 2011 season and further reinforces his strong commitment to Yorkshire cricket.

Rudolph has been a tremendous addition to the Yorkshire side this summer. He is hugely popular with both the county’s supporters and his team-mates who made him the Club’s Players’ Player of the Year. Jacques also captured the 2007 Bradford & Bingley Player of the Year Award after topping the Club’s first-class and one-day batting averages, including 4 first-class and 2 one-day centuries. His top score of 220 made against Warwickshire at Scarborough in August was a truly outstanding innings.

Jacques Rudolph said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season with Yorkshire, both on and off the pitch. Everything about the Club is professional, supportive and focussed on getting results. The infrastructure and administration is first-rate and it has allowed me to concentrate all of my efforts on playing and enjoying my cricket, which has been very important to me. The quality of coaches, players and facilities is superb and there are exciting times ahead. I’m really pleased to have signed the new contract and look forward to seeing the Yorkshire lads again in March next year for pre-season training. We can then concentrate on winning some matches and trophies for Yorkshire. In the mean-time I am focussed on playing for Eagles in South Africa where we are looking to build on a winning start to the domestic season over here.”

Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, said, “We’re all delighted that Jacques has confirmed his long-term commitment to Yorkshire. He is bringing his wife, Elna, to Yorkshire next spring and is keen to buy a house and put down roots in the county. I know he loves the area and the way the Yorkshire people respond to their cricket. The longer deal allows Jacques the potential opportunity to qualify for and go on to represent England in the future. This is a significant development in Jacques career. He is here for the long-term and the Club is delighted to have him playing for the White Rose.”

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