SOMERSET legend Marcus Trescothick will remain at the Cooper Associates County Ground for at least the next two years after signing a deal to join the club's coaching staff.

Trescothick, 43, retired from playing duties this summer after a glittering 27-year professional career which saw him play 76 Tests and 123 ODIs for England and become Somerset's leading century-maker.

He has now penned a two-year deal to become a full-time assistant coach at the club, a role which will predominantly see the batsman assist Greg Kennis with the Second XI in the development of young players.

There will also be space in his remit to assist with first-team players over the course of the summer.

Trescothick said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have the opportunity to join the coaching set-up here at the club and I can’t wait to get my teeth in to it.

“I spent some time in and around the Second XI last season, so I’ve already spent some quality time with the younger players who have just come into the squad.

"To think that you might be able to help progress someone’s career is a great feeling and it’s something that I’m really looking forward to.

“We have a great coaching set-up and I’ve obviously had the opportunity to tap into the expertise of the current coaches."

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "Myself and Andy Hurry have spent a long time looking at the structure of club and discussing how we can best support the players.

"To be able to add someone like Marcus, with all of his experience, to the support staff is really exciting for us.

"What is great for us is that his coaching journey is in its infancy and he’s really hungry to learn.

“Any decision like this is made with the best interests of the club in mind.

"We are excited to be aiding his coaching development and we will certainly be tapping into his knowledge to help support our young players.

“The calibre and diversity of our support staff is really exciting, and it gives the players the best possible chance of success out there in the middle.”

Trescothick has built up his coaching experience in recent years, combining a role at Taunton School with his playing commitments, and worked with England during their Ashes series over the summer - he also revealed recently that he had worked with Jos Buttler in Taunton prior to England's tour of New Zealand.