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Palladino hoping for injury-free 2014

TonyPalladinoPace bowler Tony Palladino says he’ll be working hard to put last season’s injury worries behind him and he hopes for a productive 2014 campaign.

The 30-year-old missed the majority of the 2013 season with a side strain, but returned to Karl Krikken’s side for the final three fixtures picking up 15 wickets at a shade over 17.

Palladino insists he will be working harder than anyone this winter to ensure he remains on the field for the entire 2014 summer as Derbyshire aim for an immediate return to the top flight.

“I’m working hard to make sure I get a full season in the bank next year and that’s what I am planning to do,” he said.

“I had a side strain towards the start of last season. It’s something that can happen to any bowler really. There can be a lot of strain on the body but it’s our job and I certainly wouldn’t chance it for the world.

“So this winter I will be working hard with Jamie Tallent, Strength and Conditioning Coach, to make sure I’m physically prepared come April. 

“And the hard work has already started as we returned to training last week. Jamie wanted us back in early and start preparing for next season, and we’re pleased to get back into it.

“We have got the full squad together, in the UK, to all work on the same programme. Only Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is away on international duty with West Indies, Tim Groenewald and Chesney Hughes and aren’t here at the moment.

“Tim will be back with us shortly after Christmas and Ches will be back training very soon.”

Palladino is pleased to be back in training with the rest of the squad at the County Ground and hopes the hard work will pay dividends come the start of the new season.

“It’s good to be back after a month off. It’s nice to have a break but it’s good to be back with the lads and training hard.

"We will be doing everything in our power to make sure we are all at full strength for the new campaign.

“Cricket won’t start for a few weeks yet but I’m definitely keen to get back bowling and to carry on developing my batting.

“It’s important especially if I am batting at number nine. It’s quite an important spot where you can get some key runs and I’ll always work hard on that.

“Hopefully we will get a lot of people down at the ground next year. It’s a very calm atmosphere especially for four-day cricket and that’s the form I prefer as well.  I think there is something pure about watching cricket.

“If you look at the ground today it does look beautiful with the sun out and the grass is green, and it’s not too long before we are back out there playing.”

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