Scott Elstone spoke of his pride after signing a one-year incremental contract - and he hopes a good winter will put him in the frame for a spot in all forms next summer.
The 23-year-old earned the new deal after scoring 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, during an extended trial period in 2013 – as well as making his Derbyshire debut in their Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.
The Nottinghamshire Academy product is looking forward to his first winter with the Club and he hopes a productive off-season will boost his claim for a regular spot in Karl Krikken’s side.
“I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have signed for Derbyshire,” he said.
“It was a long season last year but all the hard work paid off. I’m now just looking forward to the winter programme and working closely with the coaches here.
“Last year was my first year back after taking a year out. I felt that is was an okay season, but you can always improve and do better.
“With having a year out previously, I felt that I went backwards technique wise.
“It was a strange feeling. But having that time away made me hungry to get back involved. Mentally it helped me focus on what I wanted to achieve and that was to get a professional contract. I was mentally and physically rejuvenated.
“Now I’ve achieved my goal. I’m with Derbyshire and I’m fully focused on next season.
“I want to kick-on, make the most of this opportunity and force my way into becoming a permanent first team fixture.
“I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and speak with the coaches yet, but personally my priority is to play four-day cricket.
“I have before been pigeon-holed as a one-day player but for me it would be a big thing to represent Derbyshire in four-day cricket and that’s my aim.”
Elstone’s attention now turns to a busy winter working with the Derbyshire coaching staff, as the all-rounder attempts to break his way into the first team.
“Hopefully this winter working full-time with the coaches at Derbyshire will get me back to my best,” he added.
“I’m already in the gym working hard. It’s a few weeks before we are all back at Derby, but I’m just making sure that I’m ready and back to where I was.
“Hopefully over the winter I will improve my targets, improve my goals and I’ll come out firing next year.
“I will not be going abroad this winter. I would have loved to have gone out to Australia – especially with how cold it has been here over the last few weeks.
“But I’m going to stay here, hit the gym hard and use the coaching staff at Derbyshire to get back to where I need to be for the new season.”
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