Palladino signs new deal with Essex

Essex bowler Tony Palladino has signed a one-year contract extension that will see his stay extended until the end of the 2010 season.

ESSEX bowler Tony Palladino has signed a one-year contract extension that will see his stay extended until the end of the 2010 season, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

The 26-year-old had a frustrating season, playing just three County Championship matches, taking seven wickets, but did pick up 4-68 against Leicestershire.

Palladino, who has made his debut in 2003, is now hoping to make more of a contribution in the First Division next season.

"I am really pleased to have signed a contract extension with Essex," he said.


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"I have been here for 11 years from youth team through to the First XI. I love playing for the club and pulling on the shirt and 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."

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First team coach Paul Grayson 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.

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