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CONTRACT LATEST: Steve Magoffin signs one-year contract extension with Sussex

16-Mar-2016

Steve Magoffin has taken 267 first-class wickets for Sussex in his four seasons at Hove

Sussex’s Steve Magoffin has put pen to paper on a new one-year extension to his contract, which will see him remain at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove until at least the end of the 2017 season.

The tall seamer has also recently had confirmation that his application for British citizenship has been accepted, meaning he will begin the 2016 season as a local player for Sussex, rather than being an overseas player as he has been for the past four campaigns.

The 36 year-old who hails from Queensland has been one of Sussex’s standout seam bowlers in recent years, taking a mammoth 267 first-class wickets in 63 matches, across his four seasons at Hove.

His best first-class figures came in 2013 when he ripped through the Somerset order at Horsham to claim 8 for 20, and match figures of 12 for 31.

Magoffin weighed in with 69 four-day wickets in 2015 which took him to second in the leading wicket-taking list in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

He said of his new deal with Sussex, “It’s great for me to commit again to Sussex. I’ve had four really enjoyable years here; I’ve loved every minute of it. Hopefully this coming season we can put a good performance together as a group and move back up a division, as well as doing well in white-ball cricket.

“I’ve got the British citizenship through now which is great. It took a little bit longer than we hoped, but we got there in the end. It is good news for Sussex as it allows Ross Taylor to come over here as an overseas, and I can continue as a local player.”

Sussex’s Head Coach Mark Davis said, “To have Steve extend his contract is a great boost to the club. Steve has been immense since joining the club in 2012, and we look forward to his continued success at Sussex.

“He is not only a high-class performer, but a fantastic role model to all at the club, and will play a major role in leading the Sussex attack in 2016.”

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