Welch: I love it here

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch spoke of his pride and love for the Club after returning to Derbyshire as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director.

The 41-year-old was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure yesterday.

He returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.

“It feels really good to be back at Derbyshire,” Welch said.

“I love it here. It doesn’t seem like two minutes I’ve been away, to be honest and I have fond memories of playing here.

"I’ve always had it in mind that Derbyshire was somewhere I wanted to return to. There seems to be a good vibe around the place and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.

“In the interviews with the Chairman, Chief Executive and the Supervisory Board, I was really impressed with their commitment and ambition to take the Club to the next level - it’s very exciting.

“I haven’t seen much of the squad yet but I’ve worked with a few of them before. Now in the first couple of weeks I will be observing to see where we are. I can’t wait to get hands on and get to work.”

Welch takes over a young and ambitious squad under the captaincy of Wayne Madsen and augmented by the experience of returning overseas player Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

“We obviously would like to get back into the First Division,” Welch added.

“Towards the end of last season a lot of youngsters came through which was very pleasing. Now it’s just trying to get us back playing Division One cricket again.

“I’m also looking at the two one-day competitions, NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup, and I think we can do well in them.

“Winning is a habit. If you’re winning in any competition it will breed confidence. If we can get on a roll, hopefully we can carry that on and do well.”

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