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County Cricket: Durham sign 3-year deal with England star Mark Wood

Durham have been relegated to Division Two but that has has not discouraged England seamer Mark Wood, who has now put pen to paper in a three-year deal with the county. Wood, who is a centrally contracted England player, is at present recuperating from a lower leg injury that sidlined him from the Bangladesh and India tours.

Wood, who needed a surgery to his left side lower leg – his third surgery in the last 12 months – said that the urge to have any kind of impact incited him to remain with the county until the the end of the 2019 season.

The 26-year-old Wood, who made his first-class debut for Durham in 2011 said he is avid to proceed with his relationship with the County “I’m a North East chap from the district, I need to have any kind of effect for this club and I’ve been here since I was 16/17 years of age. So I’m pleased I can keep focused and proceed with my Durham travel.”

David Harker, the CEO of Durham, said the club is satisfied that it is ready to use Wood’s services for the following three years. “We’re exceptionally satisfied to have Mark’s administrations at the end of the day and a three-year bargain demonstrates responsibility from both sides.”

“Throughout the year, I was desperate to stay,” Wood said. “I wanted to not just stay for one or two, I wanted to make sure I was here to make a difference for a long period of time. The recent setback we have had gives us a chance to make a big impact and hopefully along with my England duties, I can push the club forward in a good light.”

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