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Compton joined Somerset in 2010
England opening batsman Nick Compton has signed a new three-year deal with Somerset, which has officially ended all the hype and speculation surrounding whether he would move to another county side.
With Compton’s contract finishing at the end of this season, many counties were interested in signing up the 30-year-old, but he decided to stay put, even though Somerset may be relegated to Division Two of the County Championship next season.
Compton spent the first nine years of his first-class career with Middlesex, where he averaged 34.14 before joining Somerset in 2010, where he has scored 3,677 runs at an incredible average of 61.28.
Compton made his England debut in November 2012 when the national team toured India for a four-Test series.
After a solid series against India, Compton scored back-to-back centuries against New Zealand in March, but failed to have the same impact when the Black Caps toured England in May, which ultimately saw him dropped for the recently concluded Ashes series.
Speaking about Compton’s decision to renew his contract, Somerset’s director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy, said: “The Club and I are very pleased to have secured Nick again for a further period. He is one of the best players in the country and makes a huge contribution to the club, not just on the field of play but also off it. We look forward to seeing Nick score many more runs at Taunton and beyond and we are happy to have secured a quality person and a quality player.”
Compton himself was excited about the prospect of representing Somerset for the next three years.
“I’ve enjoyed my three years with the club and feel settled by having such a great team and support network around me,” he said. “I’m aware of interest from other clubs but I’ve played some of my best cricket here and I’m grateful to the club and its members who have given me such great support. I want to continue to grow as a player so I can be at the top of my game over the coming seasons.”