Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton says the first week back has been his hardest ever, but insists the squad will be better off from it come April.
The playing squad reported back for the start of their winter training schedule last week and have been put through their paces by Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Tallent.
Poynton is beginning his seventh pre-season programme with the first team after graduating from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby in 2008.
“I’m very stiff and sore at the moment. It's been one of the toughest first weeks we've had,” the 23-year-old said after completing the first week back.
“We’re all battling through it, but this is the stuff you love if it’s going to come good in April.
“We currently have three or four cardio days a week as well as gym work which has been specifically designed for each individual player.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is pressing forward with funding applications for a £3.65 million redevelopment of the County Ground following further talks with Derby City Council.
Representatives from the Club and the Council met to review potential options for ground development and established that the only viable option within the City of Derby is the redevelopment of the County Ground.
Whilst the Club has still not ruled out a move to an alternative location elsewhere in the county, they will now pursue additional funds to augment their existing redevelopment budgets.
The Club has already gained £1.7 million in ECB funding and is now looking to secure an additional £1.9 million in loan and grant funding to secure the development of a 7,000 capacity outdoor amphitheatre capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and community events.
Despite interest from other counties, Wayne Madsen has signed a three-year contract extension with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The 29-year-old skipper and two-time Player of the Year is now committed to the Club until the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Madsen became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at 43.60 with three hundreds and eight fifties.
The inspirational Captain led his side to promotion as Division Two champions in 2012 followed by three victories last season in the county's first season back in the top flight for over a decade.
Madsen also added 389 runs in the one-day arena in 2013, including a career-best List A score of 78 in Derbyshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Lancashire.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club paid its respects this Remembrance Sunday by laying wreaths at services across the county as the people of Derbyshire came together to remember.
Club Regional Representatives, who act as representatives for Members within each region, attended services within each district on behalf of Cricket Derbyshire as part of a national day of remembrance.
As part of a jointly coordinated operation, Regional Representatives from Derby City, Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield and Bolsover, East Staffordshire, High Peak, Erewash and South Derbyshire laid commemorative wreaths to remember fallen Service men and women.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “It was appropriate that we were represented in every district on Remembrance Sunday this year as the County Cricket Club honours those who have lost their lives in service for the people of Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced its Membership prices for the 2014 season and all categories are now on sale.
The pricing reflects the need to invest in the Club’s ambitions for success, but includes the chance to make savings of £15 prior to the 31st January Early Bird deadline.
Further discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.
All regular season matches are once again included meaning Members can enjoy the three-day match against India in July at no extra charge, as well as eight home LV= County Championship matches and a combined 12 games across the 50 and 20 over competitions.
Early Bird Junior Membership is priced at just £20 and the popular Six Pack Tickets are again available for use at any six matches throughout the season, priced at £66.
Third-year Academy member Harvey Hosein spoke of his pride after being selected for the England Performance Development programme for a third straight year.
The young wicketkeeper has a busy winter ahead of him as he travels the country to join up with the England Development programme while resuming his training commitments with the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby.
Hosein is hoping a good off-season will help him have an impact for both the Derbyshire Academy and Second XI in 2014.
“I’m really looking forward to another year on the Academy working with the coaches here at Derby,” he said.
“The dedicated coaching staff at the Club will help us cover all the relevant areas as we continue with our developments. They help your all-round game and set you up perfectly for professional cricket.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) celebrates another major commercial boost ahead of the eagerly anticipated Ashes Series in Australia, in announcing that Royal London, the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company, will become the headline sponsor of one-day cricket at international, county and recreational levels from 2014.
Royal London has six million customers, and recently announced a new strategy which will see each of its 11 existing brands migrate to its Royal London masterbrand.
The ECB’s vision of game-wide title sponsorship for each format has now come to fruition with Royal London sponsoring all one-day cricket, Investec sponsoring Test cricket, NatWest sponsoring all T20 cricket and LV= backing the County Championship.
Second-year Academy member Callum Brodrick says seeing former graduates awarded summer contracts acts as the perfect motivation as the class of 2014 begin their winter programme.
The young batsman hit the headlines in 2013 when, on 12th man duty for the first team, he took a crucial catch to remove England’s Eoin Morgan in Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division One triumph against Middlesex.
Brodrick will rejoin the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby for a second year in 2014 and he hopes a successful winter will offer him more opportunities with both the Second XI and Karl Krikken’s side next season.
“I’m looking forward to the winter training,” he said. “I’ve kind of missed it during our break but happy to be back and can’t wait to get started again.
“It’s a great philosophy to have assisting the Academy players come through. There’s a great ethos in the Academy and at the Club as a whole.
Seamer Tony Palladino is the next man to get into the hot-seat with ex-Derbyshire all-rounder Jake Needham as he answers quick-fire questions about his team-mates.
This is the next in a series of quick-fire interviews with members of the playing and coaching staff as they reveal all about their fellow Derbyshire colleagues.
Who is the most talented member of the squad?
Shiv. He’s scored about 6 million runs during his career, so I’m not sure there is much more I can say about that.
Who is the biggest joker?
Wainers [David Wainwright] is pretty funny. He likes his iPad apps so he’s always sending funny videos and keeping us entertained.
Who is the most vocal person in the dressing room?
Tina [Mark Turner] is pretty good at that. I think Tina and I are quite good when we play together. We tend to ‘gee’ each other and hopefully pick the team up.
Who is most likely to be late for training?
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