Leeds: Former South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph has been rewarded for topping Yorkshire's batting averages in the 2007 season with a new contract that will keep him at the county until 2011.
Rudolph, who gave up playing for South Africa in January so that he could sign for Yorkshire as a non-overseas player, was voted the county's player of the year by his team-mates.
He topped Yorkshire's first-class and one-day batting averages with a total of six centuries, including a superb 220 against Warwickshire at Scarborough in August.
Rudolph, who played in 35 Tests and 45 one-day internationals for South Africa and is currently playing there for Eagles, made it clear he had no regrets about his decision to turn his back on the country of his birth.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season with Yorkshire, both on and off the pitch," he said. "Everything about the Club is professional, supportive and focussed on getting results.
"The infrastructure and administration is first-rate and it has allowed me to concentrate all of my efforts on playing and enjoying my cricket, which has been very important to me.
"The quality of coaches, players and facilities is superb and there are exciting times ahead. I'm really pleased to have signed the new contract and look forward to seeing the Yorkshire lads again in March next year for pre-season training. We can then concentrate on winning some matches and trophies for Yorkshire."
Yorkshire's Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, welcomed Rudolph's new deal and revealed that the batsman would be bringing his wife Elna to the county at the start of the 2008 campaign.
"I know he loves the area and the way the Yorkshire people respond to their cricket," Regan said.
"The longer deal allows Jacques the potential opportunity to qualify for and go on to represent England in the future. This is a significant development in Jacques career. He is here for the long-term and the club is delighted to have him playing for the White Rose."