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Toby Roland-Jones signs contract extension at Middlesex

Fast bowler backed after injury setbacks, and will stay with club at least until 2023

Toby Roland-Jones readies himself to bowl, Lancashire v Middlesex, County Championship Division Two, Old Trafford, September 18, 2019

Toby Roland-Jones has endured an injury-plagued few years  •  Getty Images

Toby Roland-Jones will stay with Middlesex at least until the end of 2023, after signing a contract extension that will take him into his 13th year with the club.
Roland-Jones has endured an injury-plagued few years, including a knee cartilage injury that took four months out of his 2021 season, following back and shoulder problems that had limited his involvement since 2018.
However, he reaffirmed his importance to Middlesex with a five-wicket haul against Derbyshire on his first-class comeback in September, and with Richard Johnson having been appointed as the club's new head coach, Roland-Jones will remain a key part of their plans for the coming seasons.
"I am absolutely delighted to commit to Middlesex Cricket for the next two years," Roland-Jones said. "I feel hugely fortunate that my passion for the club and the game continues to grow, as it has since the day I joined, back in 2010.
"The excitement and potential in this squad gives us every opportunity to return this club to the level it should be at, and I look forward to playing any part I can to make that happen.
"With the appointment of Richard Johnson as First Team Coach yesterday, we have a high-quality coach returning to the club, and someone who has previously worked with and helped so many of our players in the earlier parts of their careers. I know the players can't wait to get started under him, and I'm sure he returns as eager as we all are to bring the club success."
Roland-Jones has made a total of 224 appearances for Middlesex across all three formats of the game, with a total of 545 wickets. His debut for the club came in 2010, when he picked up two five-wicket hauls in eight appearances, and in 2015, he made his maiden first-class hundred against Yorkshire at Lord's.
His place in club folklore was secured in the final match of the 2016 season, when he claimed a hat-trick against Yorkshire to secure the County Championship title. His final wicket completed a ten-wicket haul, and took his tally for the season to 54 at 28.22.
The following year, Roland-Jones made the first of his four Test appearances, claiming five wickets on debut against South Africa at The Oval, but his hopes of starring in that winter's Ashes were curtailed by the diagnosis of a stress fracture in his back.
Alan Coleman, Middlesex's head of Men's Performance, said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to agree this extension to Toby's contract. He is a huge character in our dressing room, a great influence to the rest of our group, and a key player for us on the field.
"We saw at the back end of last season what he is capable of as a player, just like we have witnessed for many seasons beforehand, and I am certain that we'll be seeing much more of that over the next two seasons."