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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2007, 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK
Nixon named club captain by Foxes
Paul Nixon
Coach Tim Boon regards Nixon as a "role model captain"
England World Cup wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has agreed a new three-year contract with Leicestershire and has been named as the new club captain.

Nixon has been leading the Championship side since July and will now replace Jeremy Snape for all competitions.

Snape has signed a new one-year deal, however, and will play one-day cricket as well as working for the club as a sports psychologist.

The club has also extended coach Tim Boon's contract until 2010.

And there are further changes with all-rounder Jim Allenby becoming Nixon's vice-captain and Claude Henderson taking up a dual player/coach role with the responsibility for developing other spin bowlers on the staff.

"We have a clear vision for the future and we have developed an excellent backroom set-up, but I know that counts for little unless we deliver on-field success for our members and supporters, which is something I am determined to do," Boon told the club's website.

"This has not been an easy season for us for a variety of reasons. It has been fragmented by the weather, which has hit us badly in all competitions, injuries and international call-ups, while there has been uncertainty about players' futures in recent weeks as we plan for next season.

"Nevertheless, I look forward with confidence as we endeavour to develop a competitive squad for 2008."

Boon said Nixon would be a "role model captain" because of his "sheer professionalism and enthusiasm".

The 36-year-old has been playing county cricket since 1989 and has taken more than 1,200 catches, completed over 150 stumpings and scored more than 18,000 runs during his career.

He was rewarded last winter with a place in England's one-day squad in Australia and kept his place for the World Cup in the Caribbean which followed.

And although Sussex's Matt Prior has been preferred this summer, Nixon remains in the selectors' minds and has played for the second-string England Lions against both the West Indies and India.

Leicestershire have already begun the search for new players for 2008 following the loss of Stuart Broad and David Masters, who are moving to Notts and Essex respectively.

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