Jos Buttler is hoping his performances behind the stumps for Lancashire can help him increase the pressure on England's Test match incumbent Matt Prior.
And following his arrival at Emirates Old Trafford earlier today, as he toured the ground and met the media, the 23-year-old also spelled out his ambitions to help the club win silverware in all formats.
“It’s a strong squad, and they have come back up with flying colours. They really dominated in Division Two, and I’m sure with the squad they’ve got here, we can push for the trophy next year,” said the Taunton-born player, famed for his power and improvisation with the bat.
“I can’t wait to be part of it. It’s great today to be here and start that journey of being part of it. I look forward to getting into the changing rooms and becoming one of the lads.
“I'm desperate to show everyone here what I can do, what I can bring to the table and how I can help Lancashire win trophies.”
It has been an understandably tough decision for Buttler to leave Somerset behind, a county he joined as a nine-year-old and debuted for in 2009 - ironically, against Lancashire. But it is a decision he knew he had to make.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, and it’s good to come up here and see everyone and start to see a part of it,” he said. “I’m really excited about what lies ahead. I’ve heard a lot about Peter Moores, and he has a proven track record. Once I’d sat down with him and Mike Watkinson, I went away from that meeting very excited about the potential of what lies ahead. It’s a great opportunity for me to push my cricket onto the next level.
“It’s been a big decision because my whole life has been in Somerset. I first went there as a nine-year-old, so it was a big decision. But it was the right decision. I’m glad I made it, and I’m really excited about becoming a part of this team.”
Buttler, a player with 2,031 runs, 82 catches and two stumpings behind him in 48 first-class matches, is particularly excited to work with coach Peter Moores, a former wicketkeeper himself with Sussex and Worcestershire.
“I’m delighted I will get the chance to work with him,” he said. “I’ve gone down a wicketkeeping route and had some success with that this summer. I’m ambitious, and I want to become a Test match cricketer. Lancashire can be the stepping stone to enable me to get to that.
“The level that my wicketkeeping can get to when I’m keeping day in, day out is very exciting. I think I’ve got to a solid level, but now it’s about going to the next level.”
Everybody at Lancashire is delighted with the signing of Buttler. But there is just one slight problem, depending upon where your loyalties lie. He is a Blackburn Rovers fan!
But just how did a boy from Taunton, unlike Luis Reece who moved up here at an early age, start supporting the Rovers?
“It was from watching Shearer and Sutton win the Premier League. I was a glory supporter to start with, but unfortunately there’s not been much since then,” he explained. “Now I’m up here, hopefully I’ll get to go and watch a bit.”
Buttler is set for a busy winter, starting with next month’s England Performance Programme came in Australia for a month.
The former Somerset man will then take the gloves in the one-day series against Australia in the New Year before a similar engagement in the West Indies and then the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh until early April.
Picture: Jos Buttler with Peter Moores and Mike Watkinson at Emirates Old Trafford today (c) Simon Pendrigh