DORSET’S David Payne has signed a new contract with County Championship outfit Gloucestershire.

The left-arm fast bowler, 27, has agreed a deal to keep him with the Bristol-based club until at least 2021.

Having come through the youth ranks at Parley, the former Lytchett Minster School pupil has played more than 200 matches for Gloucestershire across all three formats.

He told the club website: “I am delighted to commit the next years of my career to Gloucestershire. I have huge ambitions to win trophies for this club and to play for my country.

“We have an exciting blend of youth and experience within the squad now and I feel we can not only compete for trophies in white-ball cricket but fight for promotion in the Championship.

“I am comfortable in my role as a senior bowler at the club and relish the opportunity to both push my own game forward and to help in the nurturing of a young bowling group.”

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson, who played seven Tests for England, added: “It’s great for the club that David has extended his contract.

“He has developed into a quality bowler in all formats and is still improving.”

As a teenager, ex-Bournemouth star Payne took four wickets in the final over of a List-A contest at Essex to finish with seven for 29 - the best one-day bowling figures in Gloucestershire’s history.

He took two wickets in three balls during a dramatic final over of the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup, ensuring victory over Surrey at Lord’s in the first domestic final of his career.

His most consistent season, 2016, saw him take 43 Championship wickets and trigger his previous contract renewal.

A former England under-19 international who played alongside the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and James Vince at youth level, Payne helped Bournemouth win the 2009 ECB National Club Twenty20 competition.