Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year contract that will keep him at New Road until the end of the 2013 season.
Andrew, whose existing contract expires at the end of the current season, had served Worcestershire with a 28-day notice which allowed him to talk to other counties.
Warwickshire were potential suitors but Andrew has now decided to stay with Worcestershire on an improved contract negotiated for him by the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
“I am delighted to extend my contract with the club for another two years. There’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room and the team are progressing well for the future,” Andrew said. “Hopefully we can continue our development by maintaining Division One status next year.”
Sussex were linked with Andrew last year when he was also out of contract but decided to sign a new one-year deal with Worcestershire.
The 27-year-old arrived at New Road from Somerset in 2008 as Worcestershire’s second highest run-scorer in this season’s Friends Life t20.
Andrew’s consistent performances during the 2011 season, with both bat and ball, see him currently ranked second in the PCA’s Overall MVP rankings behind Marcus Trescothick.
“To hold on to a player of Gareth’s abilities is a huge boost to the club and our supporters. His career is on an upward curve with the best years ahead of him,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.