Set­tled Gid­man now full of be­lief

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hockey - By Mark Stokes

Will Gid­man says mov­ing to Kent helped re­store his self­be­lief af­ter an un­pro­duc­tive spell with Not­ting­hamshire. The 32-year-old never lost his en­thu­si­asm for the game dur­ing his two years at Trent Bridge but ad­mits some self doubts did creep in be­fore his move to Kent, ini­tially on loan last July. A run of five half-cen­turies – in­clud­ing an un­beaten 99 against Sus­sex at Hove – swiftly helped dis­pel those fears and by the end of the sum­mer he was sit­ting top of the Divi­sion 2 bat­ting stand­ings with a re­mark­able av­er­age of 120. Come Oc­to­ber he had agreed to join Kent per­ma­nently – a de­ci­sion he ad­mits he needed lit­tle time in reach­ing. Gid­man said: “I was aware things weren’t go­ing well (at Not­ting­hamshire). “There were a num­ber of rea­sons to be hon­est, both on my part and a lit­tle bit on their part as well. “Some­times things just don’t click. You see it in foot­ball, you see it in rugby, you see it ev­ery­where. You make a move and things just don’t click. “Notts is a won­der­ful club, I feel lucky to have played there. It just didn’t quite work out but I cer­tainly did not lose en­thu­si­asm. “I’m happy to ad­mit I lost quite a lot of con­fi­dence so it (the move to Kent) cer­tainly re-ig­nited my be­lief in my abil­ity. “I was ner­vous com­ing into that first game against Worces­ter­shire here and it was lovely to get off to a nice start with a few runs and a cou­ple of wick­ets. “For­tu­nately, I man­aged to kick on af­ter that game as well.” Kent are the fourth club Gid­man has played for – he also rep­re­sented Durham and Glouces­ter­shire be­fore the move to Notts – and he says the spirit in the dress­ing room is among the best he’s been in­volved with. He also thinks the squad are good enough to chal­lenge in all for­mats. He said: “I al­ways en­joy my cricket but I’m en­joy­ing it here es­pe­cially and it’s hav­ing a big con­tri­bu­tion to­wards what I’m do­ing on the field. “There is a huge amount of be­lief in the dress­ing room. “The ca­ma­raderie is one of the best I’ve been around and that’s half the bat­tle, es­pe­cially with the cham­pi­onship “You’re talk­ing about six or seven months of be­ing on the road, play­ing cricket to­gether and as long as that is there, you’re in a great place.”

Pic­ture: Chris Davey

Will Gid­man bowls to Sur­rey’s Mark Stone­man on Sun­day

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