Stuart Broad believes Nottinghamshire have assembled a squad for 2019 that can achieve “anything”.
Despite all he has achieved on the world stage with England, the 32-year-old ranks winning trophies with Nottinghamshire alongside the highlights of his career.
A Lord’s final winner with the Outlaws on two occasions in 2013 and 2017, Broad is adamant that he’s far from done with domestic silverware.
“Some of my best memories in cricket are winning trophies with Nottinghamshire,” he said.
“The 2017 season, the white-ball trophies and promotion, stand out for me. And looking back to the 2013 cup final when Samit bowled like a dream, taking the last wicket to win that trophy was very special.
“Peter Moores has an amazing ability to grow a cricket changing room and to make it feel very special.
“Pete’s philosophy on cricket is very much that you work very hard and put a lot in for the club, but also that you’re here to make friends, to socialise and to enjoy each other’s company.
“The better you know each other off the field, the more you understand each other on it. We do a lot of things as a team and you grow trust.
“I’ve got very close to a lot of the guys in this changing room over my time at Nottinghamshire.
“During that 2017 season, I got to know them even better and there are some fantastic guys in there.”
Having completed the singings of Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Zak Chappell and Ben Slater, Broad believes the Outlaws can be in the hunt for trophies during the forthcoming campaign.
“I’m hoping to be available for quite a lot of Notts cricket this year and I’m really excited about the season ahead,” he said.
“The last time I got to do a full pre-season with Notts was 2017 and I really enjoyed being in that changing room, playing with all the guys and having some really good success. Hopefully this season can be the same.
“It’s great to see Steven Mullaney growing so much as a leader. It’s a tough job coming in after someone like Chris Read.
“He’s got his own style, the recruitment from the Club during the winter has been world-class and it’s exciting going into a new year looking at your squad on paper and saying ‘that could be a trophy-winning squad’.
“If the players do the work, get the training right, get the preparation right and deliver what’s expected of us, this is a trophy winning squad.
“That’s why we attract players here, because it’s an attractive club to come to and you can lift trophies.”
Broad, who signed for Nottinghamshire a little over 11 year ago, has been bestowed a testimonial year.
“It’s hugely special,” he said. “It’s a club I hold very close to my heart. It’s where I watched my Dad play when I was younger and, moving here in 2007, it was the only place I wanted to play.
“How Nottinghamshire have been to me throughout my England career, they’ve always been so helpful; putting on facilities when I’ve needed to train at different times, doing everything they can to make me a better cricketer and making me feel so welcome every time I come back and play.
“I feel privileged to have played here for so long – and it will be special to earn some money for the Trent Bridge Community Trust and for motor-neurone disease."
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