MATTHEW Maynard has been re-appointed as head coach of Glamorgan on a three-year contract.

The former England batsman previously served as head coach of the Welsh side between 2008 and 2010, and returned to Sophia Gardens in 2017 as batting consultant after being director of cricket at Somerset.

The 53-year-old acted as interim head coach during the 2019 season following the departure of Robert Croft, leading Glamorgan to a fourth-place finish in Specsavers County Championship Division Two as they narrowly missed out on promotion, and has now been given the role permanently.

Maynard had a glittering 20-year playing career with Glamorgan, captaining the side to the County Championship title in 1997 and playing a key role in one-day competition victories in 1993, 2002 and 2004.

"It's very exciting to be able to carry on the work we started this year," said Maynard.

"I love being a part of this club and I have enjoyed working with the players and coaching staff throughout the season.

"There is lots of talent within the squad and we have a good mix of young players and experienced heads.

"We saw a big improvement in the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup but it's important we continue that upward trajectory and take our form across into the Vitality Blast next season."

Director of cricket Mark Wallace believes Maynard can help Glamorgan prosper after a strong campaign holding the reins on a caretaker basis.

"After conducting a thorough review of the season with players, coaches and staff it became apparent Matt should continue his role as head coach," said the former wicket-keeper from Crickhowell.

"The side showed a great deal of improvement across two of the three formats under his leadership and came very close to gaining promotion in the County Championship.

"Matt is a highly experienced head coach who has developed his skills around the world and possesses an intimate knowledge of the club and how we are structured.

"He has developed a very good rapport with the players since his return and helped to improve their individual games and mind sets.

"Retaining Matt is great news for the club and we look forward to him carrying on his fine work at Glamorgan over the next few years."