David Payne: Gloucestershire seamer signs new three-year deal
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Gloucestershire seamer David Payne has signed a new three-year contract with the club until the end of 2017.
The 23-year-old has made 38 first-class appearances for Gloucestershire, taking 90 wickets.
Payne told BBC Radio Bristol: "It is a weight off of my shoulders to be honest. It is something that has been going on for a few months.
"I am just happy that it is all done now and I can just solely focus on my cricket for the rest of the season."
Payne's bowling figures of 7-29 against Essex in 2011 are the best figures recorded by a Gloucestershire bowler in a one-day match.
The former England Under-19 player also has a first-class batting average of 14.26.
Earlier this month, Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman agreed a move to Nottinghamshire in 2015.
"I think we always knew that it was going to be a struggle to keep Will Gidman, so it was highlighted early on that I was an important part of keeping the team together now," Payne added.
"I'm going to be stepping up into a more senior role now, with Will moving on and with the players coming through being younger than me."