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Mennie: "The aim is to win that Championship title"

Mennie: "The aim is to win that Championship title"

Joe Mennie's first interview as a Lancashire player

Joe Mennie is confident of being able to settle into Lancashire life pretty quickly this summer after signing on as the club's overseas player for all competitions.

The county's interest in the Australian seamer, capped once in Test cricket, was registered just before the ongoing Big Bash T20 competition in December, where he is registered with Melbourne Renegades.

But his decision to accept the offer was rubber stamped following conversations with Red Rose assistant coach Mark Chilton, who was briefly on the Renegades coaching staff during a work experience placement.

Mennie says Chilton's chatter led him to draw comparisons between the development of Lancashire and South Australia, where the 29-year-old plays his regular state cricket.

Not only that, but his wife Rachel is a Lancastrian given she hails from Formby, so that can only help.

"I sat down with Mark and had a chat about things," explained the right-armer.

"We had a few coffees, and he spoke to me about the direction the club was heading.

"It's something that I wanted to be a part of.

"He talked me through the signings we've made for this season and all the young talent we have coming through. That really showcases where a club is heading.

"I'm in a good set-up here in Australia with the (South Australian) Redbacks, and going over there to be on the same sort of journey is something I'm really keen to do.

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"The way Chilly was talking about it all, I could see similarities. We both have some good talent coming through, we're on a bit of a rebuild and have some older heads around the group."

He continued: "With the performances of last year coupled with the additions of a few key guys this, the aim is to win that Championship title.

"The conversations we had, it was clear it was about getting the group together and pushing for the title. At any club, that's the goal, to win trophies and Championships. That's the bottom line."

This will be Mennie's first experience of county cricket, and he will be available for all competitions until September 2. He did play league cricket down in Sussex in 2008, however.

"I've got some sort of idea what to expect, although up North will be a bit different," he said.

"County cricket is something that you want to tick off. It's a strong and tough competition. It's an amazing opportunity for me. I can't wait.

Mennie, who played for Australia against South Africa at Hobart in late 2016, has taken 200 career first-class cricket, including 51 in the Sheffield Shield in 2015/16 - a competition high - and 17 this campaign.

"I've been pretty happy with how the ball's coming out. A few more wickets would have been nice, but overall I'm pleased," he said. "The ball's been coming out nicely for the last few years, really, and the body's feeling good.

"Hopefully I can finish the season strongly here before heading over to Lancs."

For those Lancashire fans who don't know too much about Mennie, he was only too happy to explain.

"I'm a pretty laid back sort of character. I like getting stuck in and just getting on with the job," he said.

"I love bowling, whether it's with the wind or into it. I relish any chance I get, and I will give my heart and soul to every game and won't leave anything in the tank.

"If we can get the ball reversing, I'm pretty confident in my ability in that regard. It's something I've worked on, especially when I first moved to Adelaide. It's a pretty flat track there, and reverse played a big part. That's something I'm quite comfortable with."

Not surprisingly, Joe's wife is also looking forward to the move and spending some time at home.

He added: "We've only recently had a baby, so it will give the family a chance to meet her."

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