Paul Collingwood signs one-year deal with Durham

Paul Collingwood had a successful 2017 season
Paul Collingwood had a successful 2017 season

Durham have confirmed that former England international Paul Collingwood has penned a new one-year contract with the English county club.

Collingwood, who is already 41, had a productive 2017 season in which he remained the only player from the club to have crossed 1,000 runs at an average close to 50 after playing in 14 games.

He also enjoyed reasonable success in the Royal London One-Day Cup where he averaged 74.66 and scored 224 runs and picked eight wickets from as many games.

The former England all-rounder was also the club's leading run-scorer in the Natwest T20 Blast after amassing 346 runs at a strike-rate of 140 while snaring eight wickets in it as well.

Collingwood believes he still has a lot to offer for the club and is aiming to help them gain promotion back to Division One during the upcoming season.

“I am so proud to still be playing for my home County who have given me the perfect environment to fulfil all of my cricketing dreams,” Paul said.

"I’ve proven this season that I still have a lot to offer and I feel my role at Durham is still important in helping develop the next generation of Durham cricketers.

"I know that this club still has so much to offer English Cricket and despite a challenging season I still feel we can compete for promotion back to the first division in 2018.

“We will keep fighting, that’s the Durham spirit, we will keep giving opportunities to home grown players and offering chances for them to play first class cricket.

“We have to fight right from the top to the bottom of the club, Durham is a fantastic place to play and they have given me everything over the years.

“I will try and help them right until I have zero energy left, at the minute I still have plenty.”

Durham had a finish of ninth in County Championship Division Two and Natwest T20 Blast (North Group) while claiming the fifth position in Royal London One-Day Cup last season.

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