READ have snapped up highly-touted Lancashire cricket star Jordan Clark for the new season.
The 21-year-old will take over the mantel from Stuart Hornby in a bid to take the Whalley Road club from runners up to champions.
“As a professional you want to make a statement so you want to bring success, aim for the top three at least, bring runs and wickets and with that win trophies,” said Clark. “It’s a team challenge to win something but as an individual I just want to breed belief. If we win a trophy then I’ll feel satisfied that I’ve done my job.”
Clark is an all-rounder who made his debut for Cumberland in the 2007 Minor Counties Championship against Norfolk. He joined Lancashire’s Academy the following year, and after two years was awarded a scholarship.
Having represented Lancashire seconds, Clark made his debut for Lancashire in their last List A match in the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 against Worcestershire, scoring 32 runs.
Now he wants to pass on his experience to Read’s blossoming ranks. He said: “Read wanted someone to help the team gel and someone more experienced from a professional point of view.
“There’s a lot of talented individuals at the club but they need a bit more backbone in the team so hopefully I can bring that. I’m looking forward to the challenge but there’s always going to be pressure on you as a pro, it’s just part and parcel of what you do.”
The young talent suffered a stress fracture in the back during the winter of 2010/11 but he had his scholarship renewed at the start of last season. Clark went on to make his Twenty20 debut in June, scoring 19 runs from 11 balls as Lancashire tied with Derbyshire. He has now represented the Old Trafford club on four occasions in List A matches and nine times in Twenty20 competitions.
“I’ve definitely seen progress in my personal game,” said Clark. “I had a full pre-season with Lancashire last year and being around a professional environment and going through the motions at that level definitely helps your game.
“I have seen a difference and that’s got me where I am really.”
And he’ll be looking to take his recent development one step further with Read: “I’m just going to give it my best.
“I’m more of an out and out batsman but I’ll be focussing on strengthening my bowling over the winter. I’m working on the shorter side of the game, the 20/20 type of bowling.”
He added: “I want to do well with Read and win trophies this summer and hopefully that will help me become a permanent first team member in all forms of the game for Lancashire.
“I’ll be taking my role very seriously and I’m looking forward to working with the kids as well and developing a junior section.
“There’s a full package that comes with being pro; you need to be a professional both on and off the field.”