GLOUCESTERSHIRE chief executive Will Brown insists his side can challenge for honours after the club agreed a one-year contract extension with captain Michael Klinger.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Michael will be joining us for the 2015 season," said Brown.
"He’s proven to be a great leader both on and off the field and as an in form and in demand player his commitment to us shows that we have a team that can be a force to be reckoned with.”
The new agreement will commence at the beginning of June 2015, allowing the 34-year-old batsman to take a break from cricket after his winter back home with new club Western Australia.
Gloucestershire will have the opportunity to recruit a different overseas signing for the first two months of next season until Klinger arrives in time for the two domestic one-day competitions as well as the remainder of the LV=County Championship campaign.
Klinger said: “I am delighted to have signed for next season as I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years with Gloucestershire and foresee a bright future for the club.
“I have been playing cricket almost non stop for the past five years, so I am sure it will do me good to have a break from the game. It will also enable me to get my family settled at our new home in Perth and arrange schooling for my children.
“I felt there was progress in our one-day cricket this season, while our Championship form was hit by a number of injuries. With another year’s experience under their belts, I am confident our younger players will be even stronger next summer.”
Director of cricket John Bracewell said: “We are very pleased that Michael will be rejoining us and it is important that he arrives back fresh, rather than burned out from too much cricket.
“His break will enable us to examine different avenues as far as recruiting an overseas player for the start of next season, so it is the right agreement for him and the club.”