Glamorgan have signed up both Gareth Rees and Mark Wallace on contracts which will keep them at the Swalec Stadium until the end of the 2014 season.
Opener Rees and wicketkeeper Wallace had one year left on their existing contracts but Glamorgan wanted to tie down the two Welshmen for a further two years.
Although Glamorgan have had another dismal season overall, Rees and Wallace have been two of the better performers.
Rees is the third highest run-scorer in the whole of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition with 450 runs, including two centuries. He also has 749 runs in the LV= County Championship, while Wallace is close to reaching a new personal best for runs in a Championship season. His previous best was 856 set in 2003.
“This was an easy decision to make and I am delighted to be staying at Glamorgan for another three years,” said 26-year-old Rees. I have been pleased with my form this season and want to help the club challenge for honours in the very near future.”
Wallace, 29, made his debut as a 17-year-old but remains committed to the Welsh cause. “Having been Glamorgan’s youngest-ever wicketkeeper, I am now one of the team’s senior players and am very happy to extend my stay with the club into a 16th season,” said Wallace. “I still have lots to achieve and want to help Glamorgan realise their own ambitions at the same time.”
It remains to be seen what other players stay or go at the end of the season but Glamorgan are obviously content with Rees and Wallace’s contributions.
“Gareth and Mark are key players for Glamorgan and we are pleased and excited that they have signed new contracts,” said Colin Metson, Glamorgan managing director of cricket.
“We want to see Welsh cricketers playing for Glamorgan, and both Gareth and Mark are the very best. We believe that with these senior players at the heart of our team, Glamorgan fans can look forward to a successful future.”