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Gale Signs New Yorkshire Contract

Andrew Gale defends
Andrew Gale has signed a new deal with Yorkshire which will keep him at the club until at least 2016
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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Headingley until the end of the 2016 season.

The 30-year-old batsman also has an option to further extend his contract until 2017.

Gale made his Yorkshire debut in 2004 against Somerset and has gone on to play 111 first-class matches as well as123 one-day games and 86 Twenty20 matches.

Gale, Yorkshire's youngest professional captain at the age of 26 when he was appointed in 2009, led Yorkshire to third place in the 2010 County Championship and also captained England Lions for 10 matches in the same year.

"I am delighted to sign a contract extension with Yorkshire," said Gale.

"Playing cricket for Yorkshire has never been a job to me, but a passion. I could never see myself playing for anyone else. I'm now entering my 12th year as a professional at the Club and my fifth year as captain and although I'm not looking at finishing anytime soon, I want to finish my career at Yorkshire.

"I feel over the last few years the club has made some huge strides forward. We have an excellent structure throughout the club with some great people working very hard behind the scenes. The icing on the cake is to now win some trophies.

"Last year did hurt, not getting over the line and winning the County Championship, but that is in the past now. I'm personally excited by the current squad we have.

"We have a great mixture of experience and youth, and the work ethic within the squad is next to none. The support staff and players will continue to strive to improve and play the brand of cricket that Yorkshire deserves."

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon added: "It is great news for the Club that Andrew has pledged his future.

"As a captain, he is growing year-by-year and is highly respected in the dressing room. He leads by example on the field and will always give everything he has for the county. He is the essence of a Yorkshire cricketer and I’m confident that he can lead us to glory over the next few seasons.

"His experience is invaluable for all players in our pursuit of sustained success."

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