New Lancs deal suits Croft

15 April 2019 06:37:23 EST

Former Lancashire captain Steven Croft has signed a new contract with the club which will include some coaching responsibilities at junior levels.

Croft placed his name into Lancashire folklore in 2011 when he hit the winning runs to secure the club's first County Championship title in 77 years.

He then led the Lightning to a maiden domestic Twenty20 title in 2015 after deputising for injured captain Tom Smith.

"Playing cricket for Lancashire has never been a job to me, but a passion. I could never see myself playing for anyone else. I'm entering my 15th year as a professional at the club and I want to finish my career as a Lancashire player," said Croft.

"At this stage of my career, whilst I feel like I've got a lot to offer as a player, it's important that I start looking at opportunities following my playing career, so to have the chance to further my coaching experience while still playing is something that was very important to me.

"I'm really looking forward to the 2019 season and we're all determined to get promoted back to Division One in the County Championship and challenge on both fronts with the white ball."

The 34-year-old is viewed by Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple as a role model who can help the development of the younger players at Old Trafford through both on-field and coaching influence.

Lancashire are 11/8 to win the County Championship Division 2 title this season while Middlesex can be backed at 9/2.

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