Departing Glamorgan boss Matthew Mott believes the county must try and keep star batsman Murray Goodwin.
Despite being the oldest county cricketer on the circuit, the Zimbabwe Test star enjoyed a stellar first season with Glamorgan, top-scoring with 1,263 first-class runs and playing every county championship and one-day match.
Goodwin initially signed a one-year contract which automatically triggered another 12 months after reaching certain targets.
This means the 40-year-old is automatically contracted for the 2014 season but Goodwin wants to renegotiate a fresh two-year deal until the end of 2015 summer.
Glamorgan have been reluctant to grant this wish with Goodwin turning 42 before the start of the 2015 summer.
Mott’s signing of Goodwin raised a few eyebrows last season after he had endured his worst season with Sussex where he enjoyed seven trophies in a glittering 12-year career.
Goodwin proved this was just a blip and believes he should be rewarded with a deal that reflects this.
“It is a complicated set-up and not my decision,” explained Mott, who returns to Australia this week after his three-season stint at the Swalec Stadium.
“If I was the club, I would be doing everything in their power to keep hold of him but it also has to be a two-way street.
“I have told Murray the older you get the more you have to prove yourself.
“He has done that this year and I hope he repeats that next year.
“I don’t like for age to be a barrier but it has proven it gets harder and harder for people to perform.
“But he could have not done anything more this year.
“Myself and Mark Wallace had to push hard for him to come here and a lot of people thought it was a strange signing after his poor season with Sussex last year.
“We considered he was a winner and his record over 20 years was worth a punt.
“It has paid off and what he has brought to this batting group has been invaluable.”