County news October 24, 2008

Franks and Fletcher sign new contracts

Cricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire bowlers Paul Franks and Luke Fletcher have signed new deals that commit them to the club until the end of the 2010 season.

Franks played in seven County Championship matches last season and was a key member of the one-day side while Fletcher showed great promise in his first season in county cricket.

"There was never any doubt that I wanted to sign a new contract and the only way I will leave Trent Bridge is if I'm ever told that the club doesn't want me," said Franks. "I'm still only 29 and I'm striving to improve and raise my standards. The club and the supporters have shown a lot of faith in me over the years I want to repay that. Everyone knows that I wear my heart on my sleeve and I will do everything I can to help the team until the very last ball of the very last game."

Fletcher made his debut against Northamptonshire in the Friends Provident Trophy in May and capped a solid season with selection for England Under-19s. He will spend time at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Adelaide in January.

"I'm very happy to have secured my future at Nottinghamshire and now it's up to me to put pressure on the players that are being selected and earn a regular place in the side," he said. "I've found that I'm becoming more consistent but I want to add extra pace and improve my stamina. I'm a Nottingham lad, I've always lived and played cricket in the area and it makes it extra special for me to represent my home town club."

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