Essex have confirmed that they have handed seam bowler Tony Palladino a new one-year contract extension that keeps him at the County Ground until the end of the 2010 season.
26-year-old Palladino made his Essex debut in 2003 and has since taken 79 first-class, 22 One-Day and ten Twenty20 wickets in the six years since then.
“I am really pleased to have signed a contract extension with Essex," he told the club's website (www.essexcricket.org).
"I have been here for eleven years from youth team through to the First XI. I love playing for the club and pulling on the shirt. I hope I can contribute to more success for the club.
"I am going to Namibia to play in a first class competition over the winter months. This is in the South African Airways domestic competition and this will give me the ideal opportunity to prepare for a big season in 2010 with Essex."
Paul Grayson, first team coach, added, “We are really pleased that the deal has been agreed. When Tony has come into the side this season he has performed well but unfortunately he sustained a few niggles. He is a valuable member of our squad and also our bowling unit. After this winter we are confident he will come back an even better player next season."
Palladino will be hoping to play a role in Essex's push to establish themselves in the top division of the LV County Championship after they earned promotion on the final day of the 2009 season.
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