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Tony Palladino: Good to be working with Welch again

TonyPalladino&GraemeWelchIn his latest column for The Cricketer Magazine, pace bowler Tony Palladino speaks of his delight at the appointment of Graeme Welch as Derbyshire's new Elite Cricket Performance Director. 

I couldn’t be happier to have Graeme Welch as our new Elite Cricket Performance Director. 

I’ve worked with my new boss, who moves across from Warwickshire, previously when he was the bowling coach at Essex and can say without a shadow of a doubt he’s not only the best coach I’ve worked with but also is one of the most respected men on the county circuit. 

The buzz around the room when he was unveiled to the players was amazing and all the lads are really excited to be working with him again. There were some very good candidates for the job but I definitely believe we’ve got the best man.

The tweets sent out by several of the Warwickshire players shows just how much of an impact he had while working for the Bears and I can’t wait to start picking his brain again. 

While all of that has been going on the squad have quietly been getting on with business and preparing for the season. We welcomed our new signing Stephen Moore from Lancashire, which I feel is a real coup for Derbyshire. Players with his record and experience rarely become available on the open market for a non-Test-ground team and I think I speak for all the bowlers when I say I’m glad he’s on our side. In full flow he’s really hard to bowl at and I’m sure he’s going to add a lot to our team. 

It’s this time of year when you really start looking forward to the start of the season as it feels like it’s just around the corner. If we can get off to another good start like we did in 2012 I don’t see any reason why we can’t challenge for promotion.

The experience and talent in the squad is better than at any time in my Derbyshire career and it’s certainly an exciting time to represent the Falcons.

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