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The off-spinner was pivotal for Essex as they romped to the title in 2017, taking 72 wickets at an average of 19.19, including a match-winning 14-172 against Middlesex
Simon Harmer has signed a contract extension with Essex which will keep at the county until at least the end of the 2021 season.
The South African has been a huge figure for Essex on the pitch since arriving ahead of the 2017 season, which saw Essex crowned County Champions.
He was pivotal for Essex as they romped to their first title in 25 years, taking 72 wickets at an average of 19.19, including a match-winning 14-172 against Middlesex.
He continued that form into the 2018 season and took 57 wickets at an average of 24.45 as Essex finished a respectable third.
Simon Harmer took 72 wickets for Essex in 2017
The off-spinner said: "I’m really excited to sign an extension and commit my future to this great Club.
"From the moment I arrived two years ago I was made to feel part of the group and at home in Chelmsford.
"We tasted success with the County Championship win in 2017 and it hurt not winning it again last year, so our goal for 2019 has to be to reclaim the title."
Head Coach Anthony McGrath added: "Harmy is a world-class bowler who can do serious damage with the ball.
“He’s taken over 100 first-class wickets in each of the last two calendar years, which in itself is an unbelievable achievement. He’s such a vital part of the bowling attack, so I’m thrilled he’ll be here for the foreseeable future.”