Roderick targets glory after inking new deal

Gareth Roderick has set his sights on picking up further silverware after signing a new three-year deal with Royal London One-Day Cup winners Gloucestershire.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who made an important 39 in the final at Lord’s, has committed his future to the Bristol County Ground until the end of the 2018 season.

Roderick, 24, said: “The stage I’m at in my career, the lads we have in the changing room, and the success we had last year winning the Royal London One-Day Cup made it an easy decision.

“You never quite know what your hunger to win a trophy will be until you’ve won one. I think for us the hunger is there even more now that we’ve done it; we know what that feeling is and we want it back.

“We want to be in contention for all three competitions: we want to be pushing for promotion in the Championship, we want to make T20 Finals Day, and get to at least the knock-out stages of the One-Day Cup. That may not be all in one year but I think all of the lads have the ambition and drive to achieve that.”

Since joining Gloucestershire in 2012, Roderick has amassed 2,378 first-class runs at an average of 40.3.

He also took the gloves from Geraint Jones in the Championship last season, and is set to keep wicket in all formats following the former Ashes winner’s retirement.

“In regard to my own keeping and batting I feel that the growth I’ve had here is significant,” he added.

“I have a great rapport with the coaches, I believe they can help me develop further and of course that was another factor in me staying.

“To be batting at the top of the order and to be the only gloveman on staff at the minute is a responsibility I enjoy and it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson added: “I am delighted that Gareth has decided to extend his contract with Gloucestershire.

“He has been an integral part of the first team throughout the three years he has been here, and can play a key role in taking the club forward to further success.

“He played a large part in our 50-over trophy win last year and he’s got massive potential across all three formats.

“I am pleased that he wants to continue his development here and the coaches look forward to working with him over the next three years.”

Source: ECB

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