TOM Westley has signed a one-year contract extension with Essex.

The new deal will see Essex's vice-captain remain at the club until the conclusion of the 2019 season.

The homegrown batsman has committed his future to the county champions after an impressive season in Division One, which saw him earn an England Test call-up.

The 28-year-old is an Essex Academy graduate and has gone on to make 149 first-class, 71 List A and 59 Twenty20 appearances for the club, since his debut in 2006.

And Westley had no hesitations in extending his contract.

Westley said: "I am delighted to sign an extension to my contract and it was an easy decision to make, with the vision and plans the club have in place for the coming years.

"Winning the County Championship was just the start of that journey, and as a group of players we have spoken about creating a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

"To be a part of this team with my close friends and achieve the success we have done in the last two years is special, and has given us all a hunger to continue to improve.

"My desire to improve myself is bigger than ever and I hope to continue contributing valuable runs and knowledge to this club over the coming years."