Peter Moores says it is a great time to be involved with Lancashire after signing a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Emirates Old Trafford until the end of 2015.
The Macclesfield-born coach believes his squad of players are close to something special on the field to match the county’s recent achievements off the field in terms of redeveloping the ground and successfully hosting the third Ashes Test in August.
He is a two-time LV= County Championship winner with Sussex and Lancashire in 2003 and 2011 respectively.
The 2015 campaign will be the 50-year-old’s seventh in charge of the county he supported as a boy before embarking upon a playing career with Worcestershire and Sussex as a wicketkeeper and then a coaching career with Sussex, the ECB National Academy, England and the Red Rose.
“Lancashire is one of the big five counties in the country. It has always been my club, coming from Macclesfield. I am really enjoying my time here, and since being here I have got better as a coach,” he said.
“The energy at the club is really exciting, with what has happened off the field in terms of the redevelopment and having the Ashes Test here. It is a great time to be involved. To go with the great facilities, we are hopefully building a great team too.
“We have been through a lot in the last three years – winning the Championship, being relegated and then coming straight back up again this season playing some great cricket. They are learning experiences for us all. And with what we have learnt, and the desire we have, we can go a long way.
“We have had an injection of young, local players into the squad recently as well as a committed group of senior players. That is really exciting as a coach. It’s what I like doing, working with players and seeing them develop.
“For them all to commit themselves to the club shows we are all moving forward together pushing hard for the same thing."
The news of his contract extension comes after constant speculation about his immediate future. In the last couple of months alone, he has been linked with the ECB’s managing director of England cricket role and the head coach’s jobs at Surrey and Sri Lanka.
“International cricket is a very exciting place to coach. But there is a lot you have to sacrifice. By the nature of the job you are away a lot, and that has an impact on your family,” he added. “Lancashire is a really nice fit for me at the moment. And committing for two years suits me. It gives me flexibility in my career, and also provides stability for the club.”
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