WORCESTERSHIRE paceman Jack Shantry has signed a new three year deal with the club.
The left-armer who had one year left of his existing deal has committed himself to the county until the end of the 2017 campaign.
The 26-year-old enjoyed an excellent season in 2014, capped off with his remarkable all-round performance in the penultimate game against Surrey which sealed a return to Division One of the LV = County Championship.
Shantry rescued a lost looking cause with a maiden first class century and 10 wickets in the game – the first player batting number nine or lower to achieve that feat in first class cricket.
Shantry ended the campaign with 56 Championship wickets and 481 runs at an average of 28.
Now the Shrewsbury-born bowler said he was looking to build on his performances in the top flight next summer.
“I am delighted to commit my future to Worcestershire for the next three years.” he said.
“Since making my debut at 21, I have loved every minute of playing for the club, and last season’s promotion was my most successful and enjoyable to date.
“The club is developing on and off the pitch and I want to be an important part of the team as we look to cement ourselves in Division One.
“I feel I can continue to improve in this environment and push for higher honours with the club.”
Shantry has become the 11th Worcestershire player since the start of August to commit to a new contract or extension – 10 of them being Academy products.
Rhodes said: “In terms of plans and the club going forward, a really important ingredient is to re-sign or make sure our better cricketers are on longer deals and are going to be Worcestershire players because they are going to help us in the journey to being a successful team.
“Jack falls into that category and we are delighted he has extended his contract.
“Important ingredients for a bowler are to be fit and to stay consistent and because of the very fact Jack has stayed fit and consistent means you are getting an end result at the end of the season which is a good tally of wickets.
“One of the things he does is make the most of every ounce of what he has got into making performances and that’s a good trait to have.”