Franks wins two-year Notts contract extension

Nottinghamshire stalwart Paul Franks has been awarded a contract extension that will keep him at Trent Bridge for another two years.

Franks, 32, who made his first-class debut in 1996, will have represented his native county for 18 seasons by the time the new deal expires in 2013.

The Mansfield-born all-rounder struggled to make an impression with the ball in the LV County Championship in the summer, netting only 20 wickets at 51.95.

But he contributed 576 runs with the bat, including four fifties, and was the county’s leading wicket-taker in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with 17 wickets at 17.64.

The up-dated contract means Franks is on course to hit a target he set himself over a decade ago and he is now looking forward to a new role as one of the team’s elder statesmen.

Franks said: “I set myself the challenge early on in my career to stay with Nottinghamshire until I retire and that is still my ambition.

“My role has changed since then and I now have a responsibility to try to pass knowledge on to younger players, but my desire to make a contribution to a successful side remains the same.

“I am proud to play for Nottinghamshire and I hope to continue to play my part for a good number of years.”

Franks, who helped Notts win the Championship in both 2005 and 2010, needs just four first-class wickets to take his career tally to 500.

But he is determined to keep improving after admitting there is much to do in his own game amid the changing of the guard.

He added: “Our one day form was good last season but we felt we underachieved in four-day cricket and we need to address that.

“We have lost three senior players in Ali Brown, Mark Wagh and Charlie Shreck, but Michael Lumb will improve our side and there is more to come from within the squad as well – and I include myself in that.

“I was a bit disappointed with my Championship form at times last season as I felt that there were games where I bowled well without reward and others where I couldn’t find the form of 2010.

“We were dynamic in the 20-over competition and solid in the 40-over competition but we’ve had a chance to reflect on the season and we know where improvements can be made.”

About Robin Hutchison

Robin Hutchison is a Midlands-based sports Journalist and PR consultant. He is a regular contributor to The Cricketer magazine and currently pens their monthly betting column. He also contributes articles to a number of national newspapers including The Sun, Daily Star, Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express and is the author of The Tinman: The Ted McMinn Story.
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