Simon Cook has ended speculation about his immediate future in the game by signing what is believed to be a one-year deal to continue his Kent career.
Cook, who will be 35 next month, has played for Kent since 2005 after six seasons with his native Middlesex and the right-arm seamer has earned a reputation as one of the most accurate bowlers on the circuit and particularly effective in limited-overs cricket.
Last summer, however, he suffered major fitness disruption to his efforts to maintain a regular place in the side – including a freak broken finger in a pre-match catching practice session – and, out of contract when the season ended, there were strong rumours at Canterbury that he would not be retained.
Kent, though, have now struck a deal to keep him at the club and – apart from his vast experience and his often handy lower-order batting – he is viewed as a good influence on the clutch of young seamers emerging at the county.
Graham Johnson, Kent’s chairman of cricket, said: “I am delighted that Simon has extended his contract with the club. He has always shown a highly professional approach to his playing career and also makes a considerable contribution off the field which, at times, can be just as important.
“I know Simon was disappointed with the impact that somewhat unusual injuries had on his season in 2011, and he will be keen to make a contribution again in all forms of cricket. This was an important decision for Simon and Kent are glad to have his considerable services going into 2012.”
Cook said: “I’m pleased to have extended my contract with the club. I am looking forward to helping us start to rebuild a team which can challenge for honours again. I am sure, with the players we have, we will cause a few upsets during the 2012 season.”