Wood aiming high upon Emirates Old Trafford arrival
The Nottinghamshire all-rounder has signed a three-year deal with Lancashire, calling it an 'opportunity I couldn't turn down'
Luke Wood is aiming big after opting to swap Nottinghamshire for Lancashire on a three-year deal ahead of next season.
The left-arm pace bowling all-rounder admits he was spoilt for choice when deciding his next career move last month, but is confident he has made the right choice as he looks to progress personally and win trophies.
Wood, 24, has enjoyed success against Lancashire already this season. He claimed five wickets whilst on loan at Northamptonshire in May’s Specsavers County Championship clash at Emirates Old Trafford, which the hosts won by 10 wickets on the way to winning the Division Two title.
“Lancashire’s interest came just before that game, so it was quite a key performance for me,” he said.
He also struck twice in the opening over of the Vitality Blast clash for Notts at the same venue early last month.
Wood, who turned down the opportunity to remain at Trent Bridge, said: “It was a decision made over a long period of time.
“It’s not the easiest thing leaving my home club, but Lancashire is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“I’m delighted to be going there, a club with a huge calibre - similar to Notts in that sense. They’re one of the biggest in the country.
“It got to the point where I had nine counties interested in me. That gives you a lot of confidence and bigs up your self belief. I still want to win trophies. Alongside that, the opportunities I will get there made my mind up that Lancashire was the right county.”
Wood hasn’t been a regular across any format at Notts since debuting for them in 2014.
In fact, he has only made 73 first-team appearances across all forms, including time on loan at Worcestershire and Northants.
But this season has seen a breakthrough, with two Championship five-wicket hauls, including one for Notts against Yorkshire at Scarborough in the same week he signed for Lancs (22 August).
“I feel like I’ve come a long way this year,” he said.
“Going back to when I went on loan to Worcester late last season, since then I’ve played quite regularly at Worcester, Northants and at Notts. I’ve played a lot of first-team cricket.
“That’s been key for me, being able to work out my game.
“Notts wanted me to stay and there was other interest. That kind of thing spurs you on. But the chats I had with Lancashire were great.
“They can’t guarantee you cricket, obviously. That comes from form and stuff. But when you get a big county talking positively about the role they see you playing, it becomes a no brainer.
“My style is left-arm, a swing bowler who will offer a different angle. But as a character, I’ll give my all to any team I play for. That’s the minimum they can expect.
“Career wise, I’d like to say the sky’s limit.
“I’ve shown this year that I’ve stepped up and taken on a bigger role - a main role even. In the past, that’s something I haven’t done.
“International cricket is the pinnacle. That’s where I want to be playing. If I get the chance to do that, great. Hopefully I can help Lancashire and they can me.”
Wood will represent Notts at Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, where he will aim for a third successive title. In 2017, he played his part as Notts won the Blast and again last year whilst on loan at Worcestershire.
Division Two champions Lancashire finish the summer with a trip to the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road to face Leicestershire, starting on Monday.
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