By RICHARD WALSH
CHRIS Rogers is set to return to Somerset as a batting coach and player mentor for first part of the 2017 season.
The former Australian opener, who last year captained Somerset to runners-up spot in the County Championship, retired from playing at the end of the season. They were a whisker away from their first title win.
'He enjoyed his time with the county so much he has agreed to return for part of the coming season, subject to his visa application being granted.
Rogers developed a good rapport with all of the players at the club, in particular the youngsters.
'Last year Matt Maynard and I floated the idea of coming back in a coaching capacity if I did retire and I'm greatly appreciative that he and the club have given me this opportunity to work with the players and develop my own skills,' said Rogers.
'Coaching is something I feel passionate about as well as giving back to the game and I couldn't think of a better place to start than at Somerset and learning from the staff there.
'The Club made some significant strides last year and hopefully I can help Somerset achieve some silverware in 2017.
'It's nothing more than the supporters deserve.'
Maynard, Somerset's director of cricket, is delighted the 39-year-old Australian will be returning to Taunton.
Chris made a massive impact both on and off the field last year,' he said.
'He was a huge part of what we achieved in the summer and was by far the outstanding candidate for the position.
'It goes without saying that we are delighted he will be working with us again in 2017.
'He knows exactly what we expect from our players and is familiar with the culture that we have created within the dressing room.
'He will join us on March 1and will be with us until June 30 and in that time he'll act as our batting coach.
In addition to that he'll also work with the whole squad in a mentoring capacity.
The young players will learn a tremendous amount from him and he'll ensure the more experienced guys maintain the high standards they set last year.'