YORKSHIRE bowler Ben Coad has signed a new two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2025 season.

Coad has taken 210 wickets in first-class cricket to date at an average of 20.26, having made his debut for Yorkshire in June 2013.

Across 53 matches in the four-day format, the 28-year-old has cemented himself as the club’s premier strike bowler, following a break-through year in 2017 when he claimed 53 County Championship wickets.

The Harrogate-born ace has also made 33 and 12 appearances in List A and T20 cricket for Yorkshire respectively, taking 36 and 13 wickets respectively.

Heading into a 10th season with the White Rose, Coad is delighted to be able to commit his future to his home county.

Coad said: “It means a lot to be able to extend my contract with the club.

"As a Yorkshire lad I want to help this club get through the tough times and back into the position it should be.

“I love the responsibility I’ve had of leading our attack, and I’ll always try and lead by example on and off the pitch.

"If the lads ever need a helping hand, I’m always there but we’ve got a great team so it’s a very easy task to lead this attack.

“On a personal note, I just want to take as many wickets as possible and win games for the club.

"We are desperate to return to division one and want to win some silverware.”

Yorkshire managing director of cricket Darren Gough expressed his joy at retaining Coad.

He said: “We are delighted to have secured Ben’s services for an additional two years and are looking forward to seeing him continue to perform for Yorkshire.

“He has been a pivotal part of our Championship team for many seasons and we believe he will continue to lead our attack for years to come.

“Despite suffering the frustrations of an injury that kept him out for a chunk of this summer, Ben came back and showed his skills both in the One-Day Cup and Championship.

"We believe that, with another good winter in his legs, Ben can flourish again in 2023 and play a big part in our push to return to division one.”