Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read has signed a three year extension to his existing deal, committing him to the club until the end of the 2013 season.

Read was the only Notts player to reach four figures in the LV= County Championship in 2009 with 1203 runs.

He took 61 catches in all competitions and represented England in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament in November.

“I didn’t need any assurances before signing this deal because I share the views that are held around Trent Bridge about the right direction in which to move the team,” said Read.

“We’ve had two good years in the LV= County Championship and we want to maintain our form whilst making significant improvements in the one day competitions.

“We’ve recruited some young players who may lack experience but have good ability and they will play an important role, as will the core of experienced players who are already committed to Notts.”

Read ‘s new deal makes him the first Notts player to commit to the 2013 season with Samit Patel, Mark Wagh and Neil Edwards signed until the end of the 2012 season.

“Chris approached us with a view to securing his future with an extended contract and we were very keen to oblige,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“His wicket keeping has always been exceptional and to have a number seven batsman who can bat at his standard is a huge asset to the team.

“He has matured as a captain and he has a big part to play for us over the next four seasons.”