County news September 24, 2007

Adams ready to sign contract extension

Cricinfo staff

Chris Adams gets one over on the Sussex mascot after landing a third Championship title © Getty Images
Chris Adams, who led Sussex to their third Championship title in five years at the weekend, has told BBC Sport that he is ready to sign a contract extension that will see him finish his playing career at the county.

Adams, who almost moved to Yorkshire at the end of 2006, is expected to agree a two-year extension to his existing contract which will keep him at Hove until the end of 2009 by which time he will be 39.

Reflecting on the Yorkshire episode - where he left Sussex to become director of cricket at Headingley only to do a complete about turn shortly afterwards - he admitted that it was "two hellish weeks of my life".

"Yorkshire offered me a very tempting position but I knew it would be horrendously difficult for me to play alongside other players in another team. I couldn't do it ... that's the bottom line, " Adams said. "I'm delighted Sussex were able to keep the door open and I've had a great year with the bat and enjoyed the contest more than any other. It's been awesome."

As for his future, he said: "I'm just about complete the level four coaching certificate and it seems my future will be in a position of director of cricket at a club. When the right job comes along, I'll put my name firmly in the hat. If that position is at this club, then that's perfect.

"If there was a wish-list, I'd have this job [the Sussex captaincy] forever, but I know that age means these things come to an end."