Peter Trego is looking forward to letting his cricket do the talking after signing a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire.
The all-rounder will join up with his new teammates in the new year, and he hopes that the experience gained from his two decades in professional cricket can percolate through the rest of the squad.
“My style has always been to show people rather than talk a lot, so I’m looking forward to a pre-season to get to know a group of lads,” he said.
“I have been at one club [Somerset] for a long time, so there’s some nerves there going into a new dressing room. but I want to show with my actions what I am about as a person.
“Ultimately I want the good parts of my character to be a positive influence on the Notts dressing room."
"I want the good parts of my character to be a positive influence on the Notts dressing room"
Trego, who has signed an all-format deal with the county until the end of the 2021 season, has scored 18,461 runs and taken 632 wickets in his 617 appearances for Somerset, Kent and Middlesex.
And the 38-year-old is keen to make significant additions to both tallies during his time at Trent Bridge – and lead by example on the field.
“I’ve worked very hard in my career physically, so that’s not a consideration – I’m as razor-sharp as ever to get stuck into a new season,” he said.
“If there is a dead part of the game, I want to be given the ball to try and change the game and I’m hoping those qualities will rub off on the young guys.
“Every cricketer has to find his own way in the game, but I think - with good professionals around them - the process is a lot quicker.
“I don’t know the qualities of the lads at Notts off the field, but on the field the world’s at the feet of a lot of them.
“I just hope that they see the way I go about my business at my age and allow that to have a positive impact on how they do their business on and off the field.”
"I’m as razor-sharp as ever to get stuck into a new season"
Trego has enjoyed success in Nottingham in the past, having hit one century and four fifties at Trent Bridge.
The medium-pacer has also taken 28 wickets at the venue, and is happy to slot into the team wherever is deemed most suitable.
“In interviews I have done in the past, I’ve said how much I love playing at Trent Bridge, so the thought of playing the majority of my cricket there is super exciting,” he said.
“I always believed I was a match-winning cricketer with both bat and ball. Obviously the Notts squad is filled with players like that already, so I want to nestle into the team wherever it suits – whether that’s at the top of the order in one-day cricket, or if it’s with the swinging ball in the four-day game.
“I’ve played at a ground [Taunton] which isn’t known for helping the bowlers and my record at Trent Bridge is pretty good, so I believe that there is an improvement to be made.
“That’s the way I have gone into every pre-season of my career and I don’t see that changing.”
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