ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali has signed a new five-year contract with Worcestershire.

Director of cricket Steve Rhodes declared: “We’ve had some fantastic wins this season — but this is the biggest result of them all.”

Moeen, 30, had one year remaining on his current deal but has put pen to paper at New Road until the end of the 2022 campaign and indicated he will probably stay at the County for the rest of his career.

There has been media speculation as to whether Moeen would commit to another contract with Worcestershire who have just been promoted to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

But he is delighted to remain at the club he joined from Warwickshire a decade ago and where he made his England breakthrough in 2014 after being given the opportunity to develop as an off-spinner and bat in the top part of the order in all formats.

Moeen becomes the 12th Worcestershire player this year to sign a new deal and follows the likes of regular first teamers in skipper Joe Leach, wicketkeeper Ben Cox, Brett D’Oliveira, Tom Fell, Ed Barnard and Josh Tongue in committing their long-term futures to the County.

A delighted Rhodes said: “I can confirm Moeen has signed a new five-year contract.

“He’s our England player at the moment and it is important for us to have an England player.

"It’s important for our dressing room, our players, our staff and our members and supporters and everyone involved at the club.

“It sends a message to other clubs that our better players don’t feel the need to be elsewhere.

“They want to be on this journey to success and in Moeen’s case he has massively stayed loyal to the club in signing this longer deal.

“A lot of people questioned our ability to hang onto our good players and you can’t get better on our staff than Moeen at the moment.

“He is in such a rich vein of form internationally and on the back of a wonderful season he is turning himself into one of the best all-rounders in the world in international cricket.

“For us to sign someone of that ilk for five years is a real credit to all we do at Worcestershire.

"While Moeen is very loyal, he also believes we’ve got some terrific young players and they are trying to go places.”

Rhodes continued: “Whenever he comes back, it gives a big lift to the place — but the biggest lift is in him signing because there would have been a few of our players a bit concerned and worried he may have ended up playing elsewhere.

“To put that to bed, it will give them confidence and we shouldn’t take anything away from Moeen as a character and person.

“He is such a loyal guy. He knows we were the vehicle that gave him the opportunities to impress people and get selected for England in the first place.

“In his previous contract, that was the way I sold it to him, that you are batting three in the Championship, opening in the one-dayers and our number one off-spinner, our vice-captain, fielding in the slips, you are doing everything.

“Now it will be down to you putting in the performances. We will give you the opportunities to do that and because we did that and he took those opportunities he got selected by England. I think he feels loyal to Worcestershire.”

Moeen, who is currently preparing for the forthcoming Ashes tour, said: “It’s happy days. To commit my future and probably the rest of my career to Worcestershire is a fantastic feeling.

“I’ve been part of this club now for a very long time. We have some brilliant young players, probably the best young English players in the country.

“Myself and Bumpy (Steve Rhodes) spoke a few times and I spoke to my family and we were happy.

“It is a fantastic club and they have always been good to me and supported me and I’m delighted to sign.

“We are in Division One and I don’t think we are far off now in all competitions and the young players are gaining more and more experience.

“Bumpy is a massive reason for me signing. He has always been good to me, he has always supported me and looked after me and even when I am away with England he is always sending me messages."