Walker signs Kent contract extension
Walker signs Kent contract extension

Kent Cricket Club head coach Matt Walker has signed a new contract at the club.

Walker, 46, has signed an extension that will see him remain with the Spitfires until at least the end of the 2022 season.

After spending 16 years at Kent as a player, scoring more than 12,000 first-class runs, Walker became head coach in 2017 after a stint as assistant coach, which began in 2014.

Under his guidance Kent have achieved promotion to Division One of the County Championship and reached the final of the One Day Cup in 2018.

His talents were recongised internationally this year, as he was asked to assist England’s men’s team in the early stages of their summer series.

Following his new deal, Walker said: “I am extremely pleased to commit to Kent for at least another two seasons. We are building a squad here that can compete for trophies and one that I hope the county can be proud of.

“We have come a long way as a club over the last few years and I know how hard everyone here is working to keep raising standards. I am excited to see what the next two years bring.”

Kent director of cricket Paul Downtown added: “I am delighted that Walks has extended him term as head coach.

“Since he was appointed in 2017, Matt has created an environment where young players have thrived, and overall standards have been raised both on and off the field. His recent work with the England men’s squad shows how well thought of he is as a coach.

“With Simon Cook and Mike Yardy in place, our members and supporters can be confident that the club is in good hands as Walks leads the coaching team into the next 150 years of the club’s history.”