Paul Franks signs extended Nottinghamshire contract

Paul Franks
Franks has twice helped Notts win the County Championship

Nottinghamshire stalwart Paul Franks has signed a new contract that will see him remain at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2013 season.

The 32-year-old all-rounder made his first-class debut in 1996 and has played his entire career with Notts.

"I set myself the challenge early on in my career to stay with Nottinghamshire until I retire and that is still my ambition," said Franks.

Franks will have played 18 seasons with his home county by the end of his deal.

Franks excited by new-look Notts

Mansfield-born Franks made a solitary England one-day international appearance against the West Indies in 2000 and helped his county to Championship wins in 2005 and 2010.

The all-rounder, who has a first-class batting average of 27.78 and has taken 496 wickets at 32.58, hopes to continue to play a key role in the next two seasons.

"I have a responsibility to try and pass knowledge on to younger players but my desire to make a contribution to a successful side remains the same," Franks added.

"We have lost three senior players in Ali Brown, Mark Wagh and Charlie Shreck but Michael Lumb will improve our side and there is more to come from within the squad as well and I include myself in that.

"I was a bit disappointed with my Championship form at times last season as I felt that there games where I bowled well without reward and others where I couldn't find the form of 2010.

"We were dynamic in the 20-over competition and solid in the 40-over competition but we've had a chance to reflect on the season and we know where improvements can be made.

"I am proud to play for Nottinghamshire and I hope to continue to play my part for a good number of years."

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