BIG-HITTING batsman Ed Pollock is returning to Worcestershire CCC after signing a two-year contract and has revealed his hunger to make an impact in all formats of the game.
Pollock has come full circle after being a member of the Worcestershire CCC Academy pathway through to Under-17 level and playing alongside the likes of current first-teamers Josh Tongue, Ed Barnard and Tom Fell.
The Warwickshire opener becomes the Pears second signing for 2022 after Australian star batsman Matthew Wade after six years with the Edgbaston outfit.
Pollock is renowned for his powerful striking at the top of the order in white-ball cricket and has a strike rate in the Vitality Blast of nearly 161.
But the 26-year-old is also keen to develop his career in the red-ball format.
“It really is exciting for me to go full circle. I found some pictures the other day of when I was in the Under-10s at Worcestershire, and Josh Tongue was playing as a seven-year-old,” he said.
“It brought back memories of when I was a kid, of coming down after school and watching T20 games at New Road.
“Now I am able to come back and be that person who is out there playing and hopefully winning games for Worcestershire.
“It feels like a good time to come back to Worcestershire and put together everything I’ve learnt here as a youngster and these last few years at Warwickshire.
“I’ve always had that desire to want to improve and play and, whilst I’ve really enjoyed my time at Warwickshire, there has been no real opportunity to play red-ball cricket.
Pollock was initially an off-spinner when with the academy but said current Cricket Steering Group chairman Paul Pridgeon helped convert him into a batsman.
“Paul coached me for two years at Shrewsbury School. He was great for my cricket, and I credit him for helping me develop from an off-spinner and turning me into a proper batsman,” Pollock said.
“I’ve always had the ability to hit a clean ball and hit boundaries, but he started to tie it all together a bit more, and things developed from there.
Pridgeon said: “I feel we need a power player at the top of the order in white-ball cricket. In every white ball game we’ve lost this year, we have failed to hit as many fours and sixes as the opposition.
“This is a way of addressing it, and Ed will excite our members and supporters when in full flow.
“He is desperately hungry to improve, and he is desperately hungry to play some red-ball cricket, and, I’ve said this to him, I believe our coaching staff will improve him as a player.”
PEARS batsman Josh Dell has signed a new one-year contract extension until the end of the 2022 season.
Dell, 23, scored 61 on his Championship debut during the 2019 season against Durham at New Road and made all seven of his first class appearances to date that summer.