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Neil Carter keen to extend Warwickshire stay

Neil Carter
Carter celebrates his 50th championship wicket of 2010

Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter insists he is keen to stay at Edgbaston beyond the end of this season.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed his most consistent summer since joining the county, but his current deal is due to expire at the end of the campaign.

"Obviously I've had a good time here, I'd like to finish my career here," Carter told BBC WM.

"I still think if I look after myself I've got three more years in me, I'd like to finish on three."

The South African-born player has contributed more than 600 runs and 50 wickets to the Bears' survival bid in the County Championship, claiming a further eight victims in this week's crucial win against Kent.

But that performance was slightly overshadowed by reports suggesting that contract negotiations between Carter and Warwickshire had hit something of an impasse.

"Well, I didn't think they had, I thought we were pretty happy," said the county's director of cricket Ashley Giles.

"We're going to go ahead and try and keep Carts at the club as long as we can. He's been an important player this year and he has been in past years.

"It's nice to see him flourishing towards the back end of his career, but I'm sure he's got a couple of very good years left in him yet."

For the time being Carter is trying to put negotiations on the back-burner, with the Bears due to face Nottinghamshire on Saturday in a decisive Clydesdale Bank 40 group fixture.

"Cricket at the moment is more important, we've still got some big games to play," insisted Carter.

"A lot of teams' seasons are pretty much over with nothing to play for so you get a lot of contract talks - but there'll be time next week to sort things out."

Meanwhile, Warwickshire have been buoyed by the news that England stars Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell will be available for the game against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.

Trott has been freed up ahead of his involvement in the one-day series against Pakistan, while Bell is fit to make his first appearance since breaking a metatarsal in June.



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