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Paul Nixon pleased with new Leicestershire contract

Paul Nixon
Nixon has scored 14,401 first-class runs in his career

Leicestershire's Paul Nixon says giving up the wicketkeeping duties in all but Twenty20 cricket has helped him extend his career at Grace Road.

The 40-year-old began his professional career in 1987 and has agreed a new one-year contract for next season.

Nixon told BBC Radio Leicester: "It is harder on the body now but I'm already really excited about next season.

"I felt I did enough to get a new deal; the body's still good and not keeping wicket helps the back and the knees."

Nixon added: "Anything over 30/40 overs is tough now but I really enjoy keeping wicket in Twenty20 cricket.


"Tom New has been doing the keeping in the Championship and other one-day stuff but it's time now for him to start expanding his game.

"I still want to play every game but I appreciate where the club are coming from I know there is a big picture - it's not all about Paul Nixon."

And Nixon hopes his experience will help skipper Matthew Hoggard bring through the next group of players.

The club had a difficult time off the pitch last season but Nixon said morale is high and the players are eagerly anticipating the new campaign.

"I'm pleased for Hoggy who has made such a big impact at the club with the players and board and has everyone's respect," the former England wicketkeeper said.

"Everybody's signing now and is keen to play for Leicestershire and that's great. The guys are buzzing for next season.

"We have a great set of talented youngsters and the senior guys keep them together," Nixon said.

"It's about a blend of youth and experience."

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