Garry Park has earned a new contract and a new role with Derbyshire.
The former Durham all-rounder has signed a one-year deal, principally as captain of Derbyshire’s second team next season, though the door has also been left open for the 28-year-old to win back his first-team place in all forms of the game.
Park scored more than 1,000 first-class runs in his first season with Derbyshire in 2009 but the last two years have been lean ones for him in the County Championship. His average dipped to just over 25 last season, despite an unbeaten 124 at Worcester, and his only two Championship appearances this season were as a makeshift opener for the first two matches.
Much of this year has been blighted by a groin injury and, in the last year of his current deal, the signs were ominous for Park although he has remained an integral member of the team in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 competitions and can lay claim to being one of the best outfielders in the county game.
Park will remain a key one-day player next season with Derbyshire but also has his sights set on winning his place back in the Championship side.
“I’m delighted to be staying with Derbyshire and look forward to training hard over the winter to put myself in the best position to fight my way back into the first team in all forms of the game,” he said. “I feel the club has made positive strides and it’s exciting to still be part of that.”
Park will work alongside coach AJ Harris in the seconds and head coach Karl Krikken believes he will also shine in his new role. “Our young Second XI will benefit immensely from Garry’s attitude and experience,” said Krikken.
“He has played lots of cricket at Second XI level and also knows what it takes to successfully make the step up into the first-class arena. This makes him the ideal candidate for the job.”