Will Gidman has been talking about his targets for the coming season, his first alongside elder brother Alex at Gloucestershire.
The 25-year-old all-rounder aims to become a top order batsman in all forms of the game, while playing a supporting role with the medium-paced bowling he developed during his years with Durham.
“I generally batted in the top five or six for the Second XI at Durham and before I went there I was very much an out-and-out batsman, who bowled a bit,” said Gidman.
“I worked hard on my bowling up there. Now I hope to have the opportunity to go back to my youth and work hard at my batting again.
“I hope Gloucestershire will see the potential I have with the bat and look to make the most of it. I think of myself as a swing bowler and see my role as building pressure for the quicker bowlers tearing in at the other end.
“I’ve heard the ball used in the aecond division of the County Championship swings a lot so it will be interesting to see how well I can use it.
“I made the decision to come here because I believe there will be a bigger opportunity to play first team cricket. I had four good years at Durham, but didn’t feel my career was progressing as I wanted it to.
“I want the challenge of regular first team games in all formats. I wasn’t getting anything out of playing for the Second XI any more so the enjoyment was diminishing and it was time to move on.
“I know I will have to work just as hard at Gloucestershire to get into the first team, but if I play good cricket I believe the rewards will come in that respect.”