Godleman delighted to extend Derbyshire stay

Friday 20th May 2022
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Billy Godleman says the strong relationship he’s cultivated with the Club’s Members makes extending his contract with Derbyshire all the more pleasing.

The red ball captain, Godleman has overseen an unbeaten start to the 2022 LV= County Championship season, with one win and four draws from the opening five fixture under Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur.

Having signed for the Club in 2013, Godleman has scored 24 centuries for Derbyshire and will be hoping to increase that number, after extending his deal to the end of the 2023 campaign.

As well as enjoying the privilege of leading the team on the field, Godleman says the close bond he has with the Club’s supporters has been a key reason for his successful career with Derbyshire.

“I’m delighted to be extend my stay with the Club, working closely with Mickey,” he said.

“To play for the Club and our Members, and to have the honour of leading our team in red ball cricket is so special to me. It means a lot for me to have the support of our coaching staff and players.

“It’s our relationship with our Members and supporters which means so much to us, and me personally, I’ve lived locally for over a decade and, although I’m not born and bred here, I feel very much a part of the community.

“Our Members have been a major source of support for me, during the various highs and lows I’ve experienced in my time with the Club.”

Derbyshire are likely to go into the Vitality Blast in a good County Championship position, with the ongoing fixture against Nottinghamshire the last first-class match for the side until they face Middlesex at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in June.

Godleman says Arthur’s arrival is a key factor behind the Club’s good start, but the skipper has also praised the players for putting the coach’s methods into action.

“There are multiple factors, but Mickey’s influence and blueprint, in terms of the role clarity he’s set out for each of us, his intensity and the standards he sets are all huge components of our good start.

“But then it’s the guys going out and doing the work, performing on the field. We’ve done the basics very well this season, that’s the reason we we’re in a good position at the moment.

“Everybody in the team has contributed so far, and it would be unfair to name names because the whole squad has been doing well, but Mickey’s overseas recruits, in Shan [Masood] and Suranga [Lakmal], have been a huge influence for us on and off the field.”

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