Simon Harmer, a star off-spinner, signed a one-year extension bond with Essex. This deal will make the South African Cricketer remain with the club until the 2020 season. He played a key role for Essex in the County Championship and T20.
The 30-year-old took 83 wickets as Essex achieved a second County Championship in three years. Harmer is a key player for Essex. He won many recognitions throughout the year, including:
- The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) overall MVP(Most Valuable Player).
- The cricket Writers’ Club County Championship Player of the Year.
- The PCA Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year.
- The Essex Player of the Year.
- Essex Players’ Player of the Year.
- Essex Bowler of the Year.
“ The moment from when I arrived, three years ago. I was made to feel like home in Chelmsford which made me feel like a part of the group. Now I consider it my home, so it’s an easy choice to make.” Harmer said,” I am excited to sign the bond and commit my future to this great Club.”
“We’ve just had a sensational season and everybody at the Club is eager for more. We’ve now set the mark as to where we want to see ourselves as a club. There’s a lot of drive in front of us, but I’m positive that with the team we can retain our titles and be a predominant force for years to come.”
Head Coach of Essex’s is Gratified:
Anthony McGrath, head coach of Essex, who was pleased to see arguably the best off-spinner in the world commit his future to the club, he said,” Simon is a phenomenal bowler and arguably the finest off-spinner in the world, who can change a game when he has the ball in his hands.”
“He played a huge part in our success since coming to the club and his importance in the dressing room can’t be neglected either. It’s wonderful news for everyone involved with Essex that he’s going to be here.”