Steven Mullaney believes Notts players can benefit from increased personal focus

Steven Mullaney feels the Nottinghamshire squad can benefit from enhanced one-to-one training.

By Community Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 10:23 am
Steven Mullaney feels the new COVID training regime will benefit the Notts squad. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Mullaney and his charges have switched to a one-to-one training plan after the introduction of the latest national restrictions – a significant change to the squad-based activities that are more typical at this time of year.

However, the Notts captain envisages the more in-depth approach paying dividends come the start of the season.

“In some ways, it’s been a blessing for our squad that our plans have changed – it allows us all to focus more closely on our individual games,” he said.

“The quality of one-to-one coaching that people are getting at the minute is going to help everybody I think.

“Hopefully we can prove that when we get onto the field in April – and hopefully we can have fans in the ground to see it as well.”

Mullaney also believes Notts will benefit from the addition of three new faces to the squad – Dane Schadendorf, Toby Pettman and academy graduate Brett Hutton.

“Brett’s fitted straight back in to the squad,” he confirmed. “We all know what he’s about, and his stats speak for themselves.

“As for Toby, he’s a very intelligent lad – I’m not sure I’ll be talking to him much about his Latin degree!

“I’ve not been able to see him bowl since he signed, but all the reports I’ve heard are very positive. He’s tall, gets a lot of bounce, has good stats against First-Class counties, so I’m excited to see what he can do.

“I don’t think you can ever have enough seamers in your squad. Whether people like it or not, there are always injuries – seam bowling is a tough art, you put your body through quite a lot of rigmarole and a certain number of injuries and niggles are just the nature of the game.

“With so many options, everyone knows that they need to be at the top of their game to get into that first XI of the season. And if you’re going to compete in a tournament, you need consistent performances from everyone – not just from the team in that first game, but from the whole squad.”