Liam Plunkett is under no illusions that he has arrived at Yorkshire from Durham with a point to prove.
The experienced fast bowler’s career has stalled somewhat since making the last of 39 appearances in all forms of the game for England in a one-day international against Australia in Perth in January, 2011.
Plunkett, who started his career at Durham, has only played three LV= County Championship matches in the last two seasons due to injury and loss of form, with only one of them coming this year.
He missed the second half of 2012 with an Achilles injury, and has left the North East with a year left on his contract and Durham’s blessing.
Still only 27 years old, Plunkett’s ability is not in question. He has got some of the best players in the world out on more than one occasion, including the likes of Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Chris Gayle.
Yorkshire’s management duo of Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie have already backed their new recruit to get back to the top of the game.
But only time – and a lot of wickets for the White Rose – will tell if he can get there.
“I’ve had a couple of injuries since I last played for England against Australia, but I just want to get back to where I know I can be and do well for the team and myself,” he said.
“In 18 months a lot of people have progressed and got picked in front of me. I need to prove myself again.
“I need to prove myself to play for Yorkshire as well as any higher level than that. For me it’s all about concentrating on county cricket. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true. Hopefully I can do that.
“I had a year left at Durham, but I just felt a little bit stale up there. I just felt like I wanted to move to help my career, to push myself forward.
“I know Yorkshire are going in the right direction, I like the way things are being run, the squad looks strong, so I decided it was going to be the best option.
“There were plenty of positives last year with promotion, doing well in the Twenty20 and getting to the Champions League. Hopefully that’s a platform for us, the driving force if you like, to do well this coming season. The club is definitely going places.”
Born in Middlesbrough, Plunkett watched Yorkshire as a youngster in matches at their former outground at Acklam Park, pointing to a particular admiration for Darren Gough.
He has relocated to Leeds, and is living with fellow new signing Jack Brooks.
Yorkshire’s squad have been back in training for just over a fortnight, with their main aim in 2013 to challenge for their first Championship title since 2001.
Plunkett added: “There’s a lot of strong teams out there, but we’re definitely one of them. If you don’t think you’re going to win the Championship then there’s no point competing. We want to win in all forms of cricket.
“If we play proper cricket, hard cricket, we’ll have a great chance. We’ve got to make sure there’s a real consistency to our cricket. That’s going to be key. There’s no point starting really well and finishing badly.”