Nottinghamshire have secured the servicesof Graeme Swann until the end of 2010 after the England all-rounder signed anew three-year contract.
The 28-year-old has been an integral partof the team since he moved to Trent Bridge in 2005 from Northamptonshire andNotts Director of Cricket Mick Newell believes he is now at the peak of hiscareer.
Said Newell: “I’m pleased to tie him up fora long period. He’s been excellent for us ever since he joined and is probablybowling the best he has in his career.
“He’s one of our key players in all formsof the game with his bowling, batting and fielding and is a central characterin the dressing room.
“Hopefully he has got a big future withEngland and is a central part of our plans for years to come.”
Swann has taken more than 100 first-classwickets for Notts in his three seasons and produced many eye-catchingperformances with bat and ball in the one-day arena, especially last summer.
It was enough for him to earn a recall tothe England side to tour Sri Lanka in the winter, and his all-roundperformances were key to the 3-2 one-day series win.
He signed his new contract before headingto New Zealand as part of the squad for the Test and One-Day InternationalSeries, and said: “I’m delighted to be staying on.
“I’ve felt at home in the Notts dressingroom ever since I arrived and with the talent we have, we can win moresilverware.
“To lift the Championship trophy in myfirst season was terrific but I also want more successes and believe that weare a team capable of challenging on all fronts.”