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Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens wants to stay at the county for two more years

Darren Stevens wants to play for Kent for at least another two years.

The 40-year-old all-rounder celebrated his 500th game for the county in the Royal London One-Day Cup defeat against Yorkshire last week, but is out of contract at the end of the season.

Stevens said: “The physios have told me things are all good and that I can play for another two seasons comfortably as long as I look after myself.

Darren Stevens Picture: Barry Goodwin
Darren Stevens Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I sat down with (chairman of cricket) Graham Johnson a few weeks ago, he asked me my thoughts, and I told him I have still got the fight, and that the fitness guys say I could play another year definitely and possibly another one.

“I have gone to them and told them the situation. I have just got to wait for the club to come back to me, and hopefully they will do soon.”

Stevens also revealed that his benefit year has proved difficult and admitted it had affected his form.

He added: “It’s been really tough, I am not going to lie.

"People said it would be one of the toughest years I would have, but I didn’t want to get into that mindset, so we got everything done, planned everything, and I would have hoped it would have run a little bit smoother.

“It has probably shown in my performances, because I have just ticked over really, in the past I have got my runs and wickets, and I am not quite there at the moment.

“You don’t want your mind being elsewhere, but there are functions to organise and people to get to.

“The lads said it’s a lot on my plate trying to compete in all forms as well, but I want to finish the year strongly.”

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