Muchall Delighted to Sign New Contract

Muchall Delighted to Sign New Contract

Muchall Delighted to Sign New Contract

Gordon Muchall insists he is "over the moon" to have signed a new one-year contract for Durham.

The 32-year-old will spend the winter months coaching at his former school in Durham and cannot wait for the start of next season.

He was disappointed Durham did not add to their trophy cabinet in 2015, but says all the signs are very encouraging for further success next summer.

Muchall told www.durhamccc.co.uk: "First of all, I'm absolutely over the moon to have signed a new deal as I had my heart set on continuing to play for the county.

"I felt I had a pretty good 2015 and in terms of figures it was one of the best I have delivered since becoming a professional. It is all about consistency and I was pretty satisfied with my performances over the course of the season. I contributed to the team in all formats of the game and that is the bottom line.

"I turn 33 in November and I feel very fit, very strong and ready to give as much as I can to the team in 2016.

"As for the team, obviously we all wanted another piece of silverware to come to the club and it was not to be. We didn't really challenge to win any trophies, which was a disappointment, but there were quite a few changes and we have a lot of young players coming through who need time to develop. The young players don't become seasoned pros straight away, so you have to be patient.

"We are going through some adjustments as a team and so I hope the supporters will be a bit patient, but all the players are determined to carry on winning trophies for the county. We have an amazing set-up at the ground and the coaches and my team-mates are all geared towards one aim, bringing success to Durham."

Muchall attended Durham School, where he will be coaching this winter.

He said: "Quite a few cricketers go down the coaching route in the winter and I really enjoy it, especially as it is at my old school. It feels a bit strange going back there after all these years, but it is hugely enjoyable and there are a lot of talented youngsters there.

"It is also another way of keeping in good nick and so for all the right reasons it is a brilliant way to spend the winter. I'll be raring to go at the start of next summer and it can't come quickly enough."

England Under-19 batsman Jack Burnham, who was voted Young Player of the Year at the county's awards dinner, has signed a two-year contract for Durham. He said: "At the start of the 2015 season the aim was just to get as close as I could to the first team, so to make my debut and make a few runs was incredible. It has been a dream come true for me."

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