He made a major impact on the Club last year by captaining the side to within a whisker of a first ever Specsavers County Championship title and now Chris Rogers is returning to Somerset County Cricket Club.
The 39 year old retired from playing in September but will be taking up the role of Batting Coach/Player Mentor for four months subject to his visa application being granted.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard is delighted that the Australian will be returning to the Club. “Chris made a massive impact both on and off the field last year,” he said. “He was a huge part of what we achieved in the summer and was by far the outstanding candidate for the position. It goes without saying that we are delighted he will be working with us again in 2017.”
“He knows exactly what we expect from our players and is familiar with the culture that we have created within the dressing room. He will join us on March 1st and will be with us until June 30th and in that time he’ll act as our batting coach. In addition to that he’ll also work with the whole squad in a mentoring capacity. The young players will learn a tremendous amount from him and he’ll ensure that the more experienced guys maintain the high standards that they set last year.”
Regarding his return Chris said: “Last year Matt Maynard and I floated the idea of coming back in a coaching capacity if I did retire and I’m greatly appreciative that he and the Club have given me this opportunity to work with the players and develop my own skills.
“Coaching is something I feel passionate about as well as giving back to the game and I couldn’t think of a better place to start than at Somerset and learning from the staff there. The Club made some significant strides last year and hopefully I can help Somerset achieve some silverware in 2017. It’s nothing more than the supporters deserve.”