Todmorden CC have confirmed that last year’s pro Chris Schofield is staying at the club and will play as an amateur in the 2019 Lancashire League season.
Ex-England batsman and slow bowler Schofield has junior coaching duties at the Centre Vale club and his retention is a major boost to Tod, whose late efforts last season earned them a place in the top section of a new two-division set-up this summer.
Schofield was hampered by a broken finger in 2018 but still scored 822 runs at an average of 58.71 and took 12 wickets at 27.16.
Tod are one of only three clubs across both divisions - East Lancs and Nelson are the others - who are yet to announce the signing of a professional for 2019.
However, Todmorden captain Andrew Sutcliffe revealed that the club was awaiting a signed contract back from a professional for this season.