Essex continue to be busy with signings as Shane Snater becomes the latest player to commit his future to the county.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension following a stellar year with both bat and ball, meaning he will be at Chelmsford until at least the 2025 season.

The all-rounder enjoyed his best season to date, taking 50 wickets across all formats and hitting four half-centuries in the County Championship.

It earned him three accolades at the end of season awards including the men’s player of the year and players’ player prizes.

Speaking on the club's website, he said: "Last season was great for me on so many levels.

"I’ve worked hard on improving my red-ball game and that has come to fruition over the last couple of seasons.

"The next three years are going to be exciting for both myself and the club and I’m looking forward to the new season."

Head coach Anthony McGrath added: "Shane’s new contract is a testament to the hard work he has put in to continually develop his game.

"He produced a number of match-winning performances last year and the awards he picked up were richly deserved and showed how respected he is by his team-mates.

"He has developed into an important player for us and he will only keep on improving over the next three years."

He is not the only one to pen a new deal with Ben Allison also agreeing a contract extension until the end of 2024.

The tall seamer enjoyed his best year in an Essex shirt in 2022, recovering from a side strain to take a maiden professional five-wicket haul against Northamptonshire during the final championship game of the season.

He took 12 wickets in that competition following his haul of 11 in the Vitality Blast.

Allison progressed through the youth ranks at Colchester & East Essex before joining the Essex academy in 2017 and despite being in and around the first-team squad for several years, he is still just 23.

He said: "It was a great way for me personally to end the season so to be offered a contract extension is very satisfying.

"It’s a tough bowling attack to break into but I learned so much from them that I know when I get my chance, I’ll be ready.

"The side strain limited my chances in the one-day side last year but I’m looking forward to hopefully playing in all three formats in 2023."

McGrath said: "The way Ben came back from injury last season was brilliant and he offers us another really useful seam bowling option.

"Those performances with ball and bat in the final three games of last season was just reward for a lot of hard work and I’m looking forward to seeing how he continues to progress next season."