Club Captain Steve Patterson has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Yorkshire, keeping him at the Club until at least the end of 2022.
The seam bowler, who’s economical style has thrived in recent years, will enter his 17th year of professional cricket with the White Rose in 2021.
Steve Patterson said: “To extend my contract and almost guarantee that I will finish my career at Yorkshire, effectively making me a one-club player, is something I’m really proud of.
“I think it’s a really exciting time for the Club. I see my role a little bit differently to how it has been in the past, focusing more on helping and nurturing some of the young talent through so that when I do finish, I leave the Club in a better place.
Since making his debut against Bangladesh A in 2005, the Beverley-born seamer has taken 420 First-Class wickets and a further 183 white-ball dismissals, statistics that fill Patterson with pride.
“It does make me proud to have played at the county for so long,” Patterson continued. “As a youngster growing up I used to watch and support the team. All I wanted to do was one day play for the Club.
“I look back now and think of my First-Class debut and how exciting that was. Then I think of getting my first team cap which was a highlight and of course winning the two Championships. At every stage you have to look back and think about what you’ve achieved and how fortunate you’ve been.
“To have captained the team for a few years and to be in a position to do that going forward, I think I’ve done everything I wanted to do in the game of cricket. I’m absolutely delighted really.”
The Yorkshire squad has undergone transition over the last few years, with an array of young talent forcing their way into the side and making names for themselves. This is something that the current Club Captain has been delighted to see.
“That’s what’s most excited me about the next couple of years,” the 37-year-old said. “We’ve got a lot of young lads and then there’s me who’s a lot older, and I can give them a couple more years to really grow into their roles. That way, when I do finish, they can take it forward in their own way.
“Someone like Coady (Ben Coad) has played three or four years now. He’s been incredibly successful and is starting to become that bowler who is going to lead the side.
“We’ve seen some great glimpses this year of Matty Fisher, Jordan Thompson, so I think we’ve got a real good core of bowlers going forward.
“I can just take a little bit of pressure off them so that their bodies can get used to playing that amount of cricket. They can get used to First-Class cricket without all of the pressure being on them I suppose.
“I see that as a big part of my role. By offering some consistency at one end, it allows the other younger bowlers a bit more leeway at the other end. That way there’s a little bit less pressure on them. The older I get, the more I pride myself on that really.”
Martyn Moxon, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket said: “I’m delighted that we’ve agreed a new contract with Steve. He’s an outstanding performer for us in his own right.
“He’s incredibly consistent in his performances and he’s doing a tremendous job as captain. He’s proving to be an excellent leader and we are delighted that he’s going to continue to do that.
“He’s obviously now our most experienced bowler. He’s got huge respect within the dressing room and it’s great news that we’ve got him for at least another couple of years.”
Following a very promising shortened season in which Yorkshire topped the North group in the Bob Willis Trophy and narrowly missed out on the Lord’s final, there’s plenty of optimism heading into 2021.
“I think we’ve shown glimpses both in 2019 and this summer as to what we can do,” said Patterson.
“We knew we needed to strengthen in a couple of areas to be really competitive which, in having signed Dawid Malan and Dom Bess, we have. We’ve got a squad now that can really compete.
“I think you probably need quite a bit of luck in terms of injuries, availability and form, but if we have the whole squad available to choose from, we can be very competitive. I’m excited to see how we go.”