All-rounder Jonathan Clare has put the worries of an injury-hit 2013 season behind him as he vows to come back stronger than ever next summer.
During an injury-shortened campaign, the 27-year-old claimed 17 first-class wickets at a shade over 32, but failed to feature in the Club’s final eight LV= County Championship Division One fixtures.
After an end of season recuperation period, Clare is now back to full fitness and has been taking part fully in pre-season training at the County Ground. He will now be putting in the hours over the winter to ensure he’s back 100 per cent for the start of the new season in April.
“Any time you get injured it’s frustrated,” Clare said. “Watching the lads last season come in and train, especially when they were struggling, was frustrating and I would have loved to have been out there with them.
“But unfortunately my back wasn’t up to it. But I will be working harder than anyone to get that right this winter.
“The body feels fine. I haven’t bowled a great deal yet but that will come after Christmas.
“Hopefully all the running and the strength work we’re currently putting in will help me. I hope it will help me start strong and I will be able to get a full season in next year.
Clare is confident that he can have be a versatile option next season as he hopes to pack a punch in all forms.
“It’s tough both mentally and physically playing all three formats as an all-rounder, but that’s what I want to do next season,” he added.
“I want to be doing what I did at Headingley last year more often – finishing games off like that.
“I think batting at six or seven is good for me as I attempt to get the side over the line at the end of games. And I’m confident that I have the ability to do that.
“Next year will be tough, but if we’re not confident of going straight back up then we shouldn’t be playing.
“We’re actually in a better position now than when we went up in 2012, I think. When you go through something like relegation and you come up against tough opposition every game it can only hold you good stead.
“Although it didn’t go to plan last year, I still think we’re in a good position now to bounce straight back up.”
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