Houghton delighted by Derbyshire return

Head of Cricket Dave Houghton says he is looking forward to his new role back at a county with which he has always wanted to return.

In the first part of an extended interview with the former Zimbabwe Test batsman, who joins the Club from Middlesex for whom he was part of the coaching staff when the county won the County Championship in 2016, he outlines his hopes to challenge for silverware in coming seasons.

He said: “It’s the Club that I started coaching in 2004 and brought my family out from Zimbabwe full-time. We have set up in Derbyshire an it is now very much our home.

“It’s been a great experience for me to coach at different counties, but Derbyshire was always the county I wanted to coach. To be back here with this opportunity is great.

“The Club has changed dramatically since I was here last, with new buildings, structure and a good team. I’m looking forward to it.

“Both of my previous times, even though the second time was as a consultant, I felt in both instances it was a real building cycle, especially in 2004. This is different as we have the signs of a very good side already.

“We’ve got a very good core of eight or nine and we will get the opportunity to build around that with good signings, overseas players and youngsters coming through.

“Let’s see what we can actually win, let’s see if we can win some silverware. I know there are 17 other counties out there also thinking the same way. It’s not an easy job, but we definitely have a team that can do it.”

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