Niall O’Brien signs new two-year deal at Northants

Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien has signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at Wantage Road until 2013.

The 29-year-old, who joined Northamptonshire from Kent in 2007, had been linked with a possible move to Hampshire but has decided to commit himself to the Midlands county for a further two years.

“I am looking forward to being part of the exciting things that are happening at Northamptonshire,” O’Brien said. “Both parties are happy and hopefully I can help the club push on and gain promotion to Division One of the County Championship.”

O’Brien has made 629 runs in ten Championship matches this season including 166 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in May. He was forced to miss Ireland’s one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in May after he damaged a finger on county duty.

O’Brien’s haul of 312 Clydesdale Bank 40 runs at an average of 52 includes 121 against Hampshire.

“I am pleased that Niall has committed himself to Northamptonshire once again and look forward to seeing him perform over the next two seasons, helping the club achieve our ambitions,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.

O’Brien was the subject of a formal 28-day approach from Warwickshire in 2007 but he again opted to commit himself to a new deal with Northamptonshire.

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