SOMERSET head coach Jason Kerr has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him in Taunton until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Kerr took the head coach role ahead of the 2018 season and has led the club to successive second-placed finishes in the County Championship, as well as the Royal London One-Day Cup trophy in 2019.

Kerr, 45, said: “I’m incredibly excited with where we are as a club and to be able to take it forward over the next few years means the world to me.

“I have absolute belief in the squad and the support staff and having the wholehearted backing of Andy Hurry and the Committee makes me believe that we can achieve anything.

"We’ve laid some really strong foundations over the last two years and I can see us going from strength to strength.

“We’re trying to create an environment which enables the players to go out there and express themselves and we saw that on the last day of the season. Their absolute commitment to what we were trying to achieve was faultless.

"It was almost mission impossible, but no one gave up. They kept asking questions of the opposition and gave everything to achieve that ultimate goal.

“The commitment of everyone in the dressing room is unrivalled.

"That is a huge strength of ours and if we keep improving in the way that we have done this year I see no reason why we can’t go one better in the near future.”