Monday, January 22nd, 2024


Leach Signs Contract Extension At New Road

Popular all-rounder Joe Leach has committed to the club for another year, extending his contract until the end of the 2025 season. This news coming right in the midst of Leach’s testimonial year at New Road, making it a doubly special occasion.

The 33-year-old, a mainstay of Worcestershire’s attack for several seasons, is eagerly anticipating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Having surpassed the 450-wicket mark in first-class cricket last summer, Leach’s dedication and skill are undeniable.

Stafford born Leach’s journey with Worcestershire has been remarkable. He was primarily a top six batter during the early part of his career but gradually evolved into the player who has been Worcestershire’s leading wicket-taker for six seasons.

He then captained the side for five seasons including the 2017 promotion year in the County Championship when he picked up 69 wickets.

Expressing his delight at the contract extension, Leach said, “It’s fantastic news to sign the new deal alongside what’s going to be an exciting year with the testimonial. 

“It’s a new era at the club, and to have the opportunity to contribute for at least the next couple of years is really exciting. 

“I’ve still got goals to achieve, and this club means a lot to me. It’s pretty obvious I’m now going to be a one-club man.”

Leach’s loyalty and commitment to Worcestershire are evident. He’s not just looking forward to personal milestones like reaching 500 wickets, but to pushing the team towards success in Division One of the County Championship. He believes the exciting new additions to the squad and the team’s close-knit spirit will be key to their progress.

Worcestershire Head Coach Alan Richardson couldn’t hide his admiration for Leach, stating, “It’s fantastic that Joe will be with us for at least two more years. What a tremendous career he has had and what a superb performer for more than ten years for Worcestershire who fully deserves this year’s testimonial.”

Richardson also highlighted Leach’s impressive transformation from a batsman to a bowling mainstay, calling him a “team man first and foremost, prepared to put in a massive shift for the team.”