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Jason rewarded with new deal

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has signed a contract extension which will see him extend his role for another two years.

Jason has been a vital element in Somerset’s success over the last two years and will continue as Head Coach until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Jason first appeared for the County as a player in 1992 and quickly became a crowd favourite. The highlight of his playing career came in 1999 when he claimed seven for 23 against Leicestershire. A shoulder injury brought his career to a premature end in 2002, but the former fast bowler returned to the Club in a coaching capacity. He has been actively involved with the First XI for over a decade and was appointed to the role of Head Coach ahead of the 2018 season.

This summer Jason led Somerset to Royal London One-Day Cup glory and came within a whisker of helping the County to achieve a coveted first ever Specsavers County Championship title.

The 45-year-old’s outstanding work was recognised earlier in the summer by the ECB’s Coach Development Department and he has been shortlisted for further recognition later this year.

After putting pen to paper on his new deal Jason said: “I’m incredibly excited with where we are as a Club and to be able to take it forward over the next few years means the world to me.

“I have absolute belief in the squad and the support staff and having the wholehearted backing of Andy Hurry and the Committee makes me believe that we can achieve anything. We’ve laid some really strong foundations over the last two years and I can see us going from strength to strength.

“We’re trying to create an environment which enables the players to go out there and express themselves and we saw that on the last day of the season. Their absolute commitment to what we were trying to achieve was faultless. It was almost mission impossible, but no one gave up. They kept asking questions of the opposition and gave everything to achieve that ultimate goal.

“The commitment of everyone in the dressing room is unrivalled. That is a huge strength of ours and if we keep improving in the way that we have done this year I see no reason why we can’t go one better in the near future.”

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “This extension is a recognition of everything that Jason has achieved since becoming Head Coach and it is a justified reward for his outstanding work.

“Jason is one of the leading coaches in the country, and under his guidance the Club has developed both on the field and off it. The results are clear to see. We have a trophy in the cabinet and could have so easily doubled that tally.

“Equally as impressive has been the manner in which the Club culture has developed. Jason has a clear and concise vision of how a Somerset player needs to conduct themselves on the pitch and away from it, and the players have all bought in to that.

“His passion for this Club and the game as a whole is clear for all to see, and that kind of desire for success is something which will drive this Club forward over the next few years.”

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