Northants: Stephen Peters chooses to stay with club

Stephen Peters
Peters scored 599 runs in 26 first-class Division One innings last season

Northants batsman Stephen Peters has decided to play on for the county in 2015, despite being told he could speak to other teams.

The 35-year-old has been replaced as captain but still has a year remaining on his contract.

Peters told BBC Radio Northampton: "I had some flattering offers and it's been a very difficult decision.

"But I love playing my cricket at the club, and I have done for nearly 10 years now."

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Peters rejected 'flattering offers'

He added: "I reluctantly put my details out to other clubs. But throughout a 20-year career, I've always gone with my heart. This is where I wanted to play my cricket next year."

David Sales has retired, and fellow experienced players James Middlebrook, Matt Spriegel and Andrew Hall have been allowed to leave.

"In the dressing room, there's no problems whatsoever," said Peters. "There's maybe decisions made off the field which have possibly raised a few eyebrows.

"I've been in sport long enough that when you have a bad season, there tends to be fallout. I don't always think it's necessary, but that's been the case this year.

"It's been really sad, saying goodbye to some top blokes and top-quality cricketers.

"I'm a big believer that you need some experience in the team, and that's one of the reasons that's made me want to stay. I think I can still play a huge role in the dressing room and in a young team next year."

Kyle Coetzer has also been made aware that Northants want him to talk to other clubs - and Peters accepts his own decision will not please everyone.

"It's been made evident to me that it's not the preferred choice of a couple of people at the club but ultimately it's my decision - I've got a year on my contract and I can decide where I play my cricket next year," he said.

"I know 12 months is a long time and a lot can change. But if things do go the way I've been told they will go, I'll enjoy my last season at the club. I'll be giving everything to make sure it's as enjoyable a season as I can have."

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