Matthew Mason has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Worcestershire, pledging to continue in his role combining playing with coaching the bowlers at the club.
Australian-born Mason has taken 262 first-class wickets for Worcestershire and with the squad hit by injuries this season, he has played all ten matches in the LV County Championship and seven limited overs games as well.
"Yet again Matt has proved to be one of our front line bowlers this season and I am delighted he has agreed to carry on playing for at least another season whilst continuing to have such a valuable input with our young bowling attack in his coaching role," Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said in a statement.
Mason added: "I am absolutely thrilled to sign a contract for a further year. The plans the Club has for the future excite me and I want to be part of that future. We have a new winter base at Malvern College to look forward to using and we are producing a group of exciting young players coming through the Academy and 2nd XI ranks.
"I enjoy my part time role as bowling coach but still feel I have much to offer as a Player. The Club has been very good to me and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
The news comes as a boost for the West Midlands club after recent news coming out of New Road that both Steve Davies and Gareth Batty could be set for exits.
Batty has been given permission to talk to other clubs while contract talks with Davies have stalled.
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