Somerset all rounder Pete Trego was back at the County Ground on Tuesday morning training for the new season which gets underway in just 11 weeks time.
The 34-year-old, who last season enjoyed a deserved benefit said: “We’re not meant to be in until next Monday but I thought I would come in early and get ahead of the game by doing an extra session. I have been in the gym working hard on the bike and it felt good and certainly helped to get rid of the couple of days of overeating at Christmas.
“Its nice to be at the start of 2016 and the start of the new season isn’t too far away. When you think that it’s only 70 odd days it makes you realise how soon it will be upon us. Before the First Class games start we have got a pre-season tour and pre-season games so in two months time we will be very much in action, which is all very exciting.”
Last season the man from Weston-super-Mare scored almost 900 runs in the Championship as well as taking 26 wickets.
“I had a solid season in 2015 but as always I am looking to improve on my performances. I have worked hard on my fitness levels and I can see no reason why my mid thirties cant be the strongest part of my career.
“I really want to build on what I did in Championship cricket with the bat and put pressure on to really nail down a place in the top five or six in the batting order, which has been a goal of mine for many years.
“I also want to continue to contribute with the ball, and having finished the one-day season quite strongly I want to pick up on that and be really explosive at the top of the order and stamp my mark on that form of cricket.”
If he could choose just one thing for the coming season what would it be?
“The number one dream for 2016 is to win the County Championship, but I’m guessing we have to be realistic so we want at least to be challenging at the halfway stage because we can’t win it from bottom place. Last season we put ourselves in several tricky positions and we showed a lot of character to finish the season strongly with some wins against tough opposition to keep our heads above water.
“This season however it’s about moving on from that and to help us we have signed some quality at the top of the order with Chris Rogers which is fantastic and will give us stability and hopefully allow the middle order to flourish. With Marcus, Tom Abell and Rogers as a fantastic top three it will hopefully put the opposition bowlers under pressure and allow sloggers like myself later in the innings to make hay.
“From a team point of view yes it is about the Championship but across all three formats I think we were behind the eight ball last year and we have really got to sort that out.
Pete summed up by saying: “The team goal is to win a trophy which it has been for some years now. We have deserved it at times, things have not gone our way at key moments, so its about capitalizing on those when they arise but we have got to earn them this season.”