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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 11:59 GMT
Batsman Goodwin stays with Sussex
Murray Goodwin
Goodwin has scored more than 5,000 first-class runs for Sussex
Murray Goodwin has signed a new three-year contract with Sussex, subject to confirmation that he can be registered as a non-overseas player.

Goodwin has spent the past four years at Hove and was a member of the 2003 Championship-winning side.

The club said all indications were that registering Goodwin as a Kolpak player "will not be a problem".

Director of Cricket Peter Moores said they now hoped to fill their overseas vacancy in the next couple of weeks.

"Our decision to sign Murray as a Kolpak player was not taken lightly due to the need to keep places available for our own home-grown players.

"Murray's commitment to the club and his ability as a player are without question and we are delighted that he has decided to commit to us for the foreseeable future," Moores added.

The Kolpak ruling states that "any citizen of a country with an associate agreement with the EU has the same rights as a European worker".

It is named after Slovakian handball player Maros Kolpak, who went to the European Court in a bid to play in Germany without being classed as a foreigner, claiming restraint of trade.

A number of county clubs have taken advantage by signing players from Zimbabwe and South Africa, although Goodwin has until now been classed as an overseas player.

The 32-year-old spends his winters playing state cricket for Western Australia.





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