Collingwood resists retirement, extends contract

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Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has decided against an expected retirement at the age of 38, extending his contract with Durham for another season, until the end of the 2015 campaign.

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has decided against an expected retirement at the age of 38, extending his contract with Durham for another season, until the end of the 2015 campaign.

'Colly' has been in superb form for Durham this season, their leading wicket-taker in the T20 Blast, and averaging over 60 on the One Day Cup so far, leading his side to the quarter finals.

Collingwood said on the club's website: "I had presumed this was going to be my last season but I'm really enjoying my cricket and feel as though I'm still contributing to the team

"You're a long time retired and I've still got ambitions to take this team forward. It really is a special group of guys to be involved with and I don't want to give that up too early.

"We've got a lot to play for in the back end of the season with the quarter-finals and trying to avoid relegation, which would be a huge achievement.

"There is a bigger picture as well which is about having another year to continue to create a culture that will hopefully be around for another five to ten years.

"I'm certain that the backbone of this side, with the youngsters coming through, will be strong for years to come"

Durham Head Coach Jon Lewis added: "Everyone at the club is delighted that Paul will be continuing his career. His contribution as a player, leader and character in the dressing room is difficult to measure.

"It is a big lift for everyone knowing that he will be with us next year"

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