Sussex “close to my heart” says Prior

Matt Prior said he had no hesitation in extending his Sussex contract for a further two years after the England wicketkeeper-batsman agreed a new deal which will keep him at Hove until the end of the 2013 season.

Prior made his Sussex debut 11 years ago and was capped in 2003 and although England commitments have restricted his domestic appearances in recent years his heart remains very much at Hove.

He said: “It’s a great honour to sign another contract for Sussex. I’ve been at the club as a professional for 11 years and it is very close to my heart.

“The support over the years from supporters and members alike has been very special, and the players and management are always striving for more success which I can hopefully be a big part of.”

Although there was never any liklihood that Prior would look to play his county cricket elsewhere when his current deal ran out, coach Mark Robinson is still delighted with the 29-year-old’s decision.

He said: “To have the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world committed to us for the next two years is fantastic for the club. Matt nowadays doesn’t just bring his performance when he comes back to play for us, but a wealth of experience and desire for himself and those around him to succeed.”

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