Player-coach deal for Croft at Glam

Robert Croft has signed a new two-year deal with Glamorgan, a contract that includes a player-coach role.

For the 2011 season, which will be 40-year-old Croft’s 23rd season with the Welsh county, he will assume a coaching role – assisting with the development of the club’s young players.

Croft made his debut for Glamorgan in 1989 and in July at St. Helen’s against Leicestershire he became the first Glamorgan player, and only the ninth for all counties since 1945, to achieve the career double of 1,000 first-class wickets and 10,000 first-class runs for a single county.

Croft hopes that his extensive cricketing experience will rub off on the club’s young and aspiring cricketers. “I’m very happy to continue my association with the club and I’m looking forward to working with our young and talented players,” he said.

Glamorgan Cricket chief executive Alan Hamer said: “Robert is a real asset to the club. Having spent 21 years here, he still has a great deal to offer and, with one eye on the future, we are looking forward to seeing Robert work with our younger players to help develop their skills and talent.”

Despite being considered a real asset Croft, who made 21 Test and 50 one-day appearances for England, had limited opportunities during the 2010 season.

He played in every Friends Provident t20 match for the county but only figured in half of Glamorgan’s LV= County Championship games.

When Croft claimed his 1,000th wicket against Leicestershire in July he joined Don Shepherd, Jack Mercer and Johnnie Clay who were the other three to have achieved the feat.

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