Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hockey - By Alex Hoad

Clay­don at York­shire – my first year as over­seas pro was his sec­ond year – I’ve known him for a long time. He and I bowler. I’m a big be­liever that play­ers can al­ways learn some­thing, even at 34 or 35. Even guys like Dar­ren Stevens, they can al­ways learn some­thing.

“The lads know I’m here to help them, they have been fir­ing ques­tions at me. I’m more than happy to help share any­thing they can use.”

Gille­spie has spent his first few days ob­serv­ing the squad and he added: “It’s been in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive. There are some good play­ers here.

“From what I’ve seen so far, there’s a lot to work with. It’s ex­cit­ing.”

He added: “There’s a good group of young bowlers here. It’s ex­cit­ing for the county and un­til Al­lan Don­ald gets here, I’ll keep an eye on them and give him and Matt (Walker) some in­for­ma­tion on what I see, give some feed­back.

“I haven’t spo­ken to them much, I’ve just been ob­serv­ing and see­ing how they go about things. KENT’S FIRST FIVE GAMES Apr 7 Glouces­ter­shire (C’bury)...CC2 Apr 14 Sus­sex (Hove) ...................... CC2 Apr 21 Der­byshire (Can­ter­bury)...CC2 Apr 27 Hamp­shire (Can­ter­bury) ...RLC May 2 Som­er­set (Taun­ton) ........... RLC

“It’s good to lis­ten and take it all in. It’s been great so far.”

It’s not just the play­ers Gille­spie hopes will ben­e­fit from his stay.

He said: “It’s an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. For me to be able to learn from Matt Walker and of­fer sup­port. “It’s a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment. I was at a big county in York­shire and now I’m at a smaller one, ev­ery­thing’s dif­fer­ent, the cli­mate’s dif­fer­ent, Can­ter­bury’s a beau­ti­ful place, I’ve lived in Leeds which is a big city.

“There’s a nice feel about the place.

“I’m ex­cited. If I can learn any­thing it will help me in my de­vel­op­ment as a coach.”

‘There’s a nice feel about the place. I’m ex­cited’

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