Captain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire can take the positives from their first season back in the top flight – and be back even stronger in 2014.
Madsen led from the front scoring 1,221 LV= County Championship runs in 2013, compiling three centuries and guiding his side to three Division One victories.
But defeat in the final fixture to Warwickshire at the County Ground confirmed that Karl Krikken’s side will ply their trade in Division Two next season.
Madsen, however, is confident that his young side will be better off after their top flight experiences as the side aim to bounce back at the first attempt next season.
“There’s a huge determination that now we’ve had a taste of Division One we will be striving to make sure that we get back,” the 29-year-old said.
“We spoke about it as a team and we want to do everything in our powers to make sure that we go back up at the first time of asking.
“It was clearly a disappointing end to the campaign - but there are a lot of positives we can take from the season.
“The lads did a fantastic job over the last six weeks of the season and it showed that with a young squad we could compete at the highest level.
“We’ll take a lot of confidence from the victories we secured. We played fantastic cricket to claim wins over Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset – and we probably should have had another one against Surrey.
“But we didn’t start as well as we should have and that is a lesson we will learn for next time.”
The players will now have some time away before the squad returns to training in November when preparations for the 2014 season begin.
Madsen is already looking forward to the new campaign – and he spoke of his delight after paceman Mark Footitt recently signed a new deal keeping him a Derby until the end of the 2015 season.
“It’s fantastic news - Footitt has been a great player for us,” he added.
“He has shown us what he can do. His pace has been fantastic and he’s a dangerous bowler. It’s brilliant that he has decided to stay with us.
“This also demonstrates our desire to return to Division One. We need to keep hold of players such as Mark if we going to compete at the highest level.
“We go into next year knowing that we are capable of bouncing back. We will take the lessons learnt this year forward as we plan for next year.
“I think all players have developed certain aspects of their game this season which certainly bodes well for the future.
“We now have a bit of time off before we are back working hard preparing for the 2014 season - which we are all already looking forward to.”
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