Tony Palladino is the latest Derbyshire player to commit to an extended stay at the County Ground.
Following last week’s news that Jon Clare and Wes Durston have accepted longer contracts, Palladino has signed a new two-year deal that will take him to the end of the 2013 season.
All three still had a year to run on their old deals but chairman Chris Grant made longer contracts for his senior players a key part of his strategy for the future of the club. All-rounder Clare has signed until 2014 and batsman Durston until 2013, with further completed deals expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Grant also secured the services of Tim Groenewald, who was out of contract at the end of this summer and had attracted the interest of at least four other counties, for the next three years and has handed three-year deals to four of the club’s most promising youngsters - Ross Whiteley, Tom Knight, Paul Borrington and Tom Poynton.
Palladino was signed from Essex last winter and the 28-year-old fast bowler is having the most productive season of his professional career so far.
Always regarded as a squad bowler by Essex after making his debut for them in 2003, Palladino has responded to the chance to pin down a regular place with Derbyshire by taking 37 first-class wickets at an average of 24.91 before the start of the current County Championship match against Gloucestershire.
That includes five-wicket hauls at home to Glamorgan (5 for 50) and at home to Middlesex (5 for 39), while his new-ball partnership with Groenewald has so far yielded 71 wickets.
“Tony has led the way with the ball this season, is always brimming with energy, running in hard and regularly taking important wickets,” said head coach Karl Krikken.
“His performances have been excellent and he is well on the way to a 50-wicket campaign, which is the benchmark for a successful season as a bowler.”
“Coming to Derbyshire has been an excellent move for me,” added Palladino, “and it has been enjoyable playing regular first-team cricket, bowling plenty of overs and taking wickets.
“I’m very happy to have signed an extension. I believe the team is moving in the right direction and I hope to spend a long time here at Derbyshire.”