Young 23-year old Dan Redfern believes that Leicester can achieve a lot of success this summer.
He was a part of the Derbyshire side that won the Division Two title in the 2012 season with the help of some magnificent performances by Redfern. However, his side couldn’t defend their title and rather did poorly last season which is why he switched over. The middle-order batsman now believes that Leicestershire can emulate what Derbyshire did in 2012.
Talking to ecb.co.uk, he said: “Personally I see a lot of similarities between the two sides.
“There are a lot of youngsters, like there were [at Derbyshire] in 2012, who probably didn’t think they were going to win that league or get promoted.
“It was only halfway through when we found ourselves top of the league. I think that’s the same here; there’s no reason why halfway through we can’t be pushing for promotion.
“It sounds like a long shot after what happened last year here, but with the players that they’ve got there is no reason why that can’t happen. And I think you’ll find that if it does happen, halfway through the season then guys will start believing and that’s where you get a push on.”
Whereas he enjoyed an enormous amount of success in the 2012 season, he failed on the big occasion when he was selected in the U-19 team. He hopes that fortunes will turn for him as he is changing his county side: “It was something that needed to happen for me,” he said of his decision to switch counties.
“Playing at Derbyshire I was in a bit of a comfort zone. I needed to try and branch out and do something different and it’s a new challenge here.
“It’s a club with vision – I’ve seen that from being here in the last month. They produce good players and they’ve got a young squad with experience built in who want to go somewhere.
“I didn’t hit form early on in the season [last year]. If you asked the guys at Derbyshire I don’t think they felt out of their depth at all – it just spiralled into one bad result after another. It’s hard to get out of that losing habit just like its good to be in a winning habit.
“It was a disappointing 2013 obviously; I’ve decided to move on and hopefully get the form of 2012 back at Grace Road.”
On his goals for the season, Redfern added: “Obviously 1,000 runs for a batter is a big thing. I haven’t done it yet so that’s something I really want to do this year.
“I want to help Leicestershire win games, obviously. I think my one-day cricket could improve and that’s a big area that I’m looking to improve on.
“Leicestershire are a good one-day side. I think that almost takes care of itself. As a one-day team they’ve been competing for titles and I think that should continue here.
“The four-day, obviously last year wasn’t a great year for the boys, but from what I’ve seen the hard work here is all geared to improving that and that’s the main goal ahead of anything.
“We’re not really looking too far ahead. We’re looking at that first game and the first three games to get a win or a couple of wins, and if you can do that anything can happen. You get on a roll like Derbyshire - we won early games and it was a bit out of the blue really.”
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