Steven Mullaney has signed an extension to his Nottinghamshire contract which will keep him at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2015 season.

Mullaney appeared in six LV= County Championship matches in 2012 and amassed 391 runs to finish second to Chris Read in the Nottinghamshire batting averages.

Four fifties including a highest-score of 94 belied his selection trouble early on in the season.

“Steven did very well when he came into the four day team and his average his testament to that,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell,

“He has always been a key part of our limited overs plans but there is every chance that he could firmly establish himself in all formats for years to come if he can bat consistently in the championship.”

Mullaney celebrated the birth of his first child this year and will spend the winter with his family in Australia.

“Coming to Nottinghamshire was a great move for me and there is the potential for this team to become consistently successful,” said Mullaney.

“We just need to be more clinical when it comes to the crunch on one day games and find the runs that will put teams under pressure in the championship.

“We have got the players to do that and I’m hopeful that we’ll have something to celebrate in 2013.”