Andre Adams has shrugged off any concerns over his advancing years ahead of his move to Hampshire.
The 39-year-old all-rounder has agreed to a three-month stint at the Ageas Bowl at the start of next season after delaying his plans to retire following his exit from Nottinghamshire.
Having taken 683 first-class wickets, he has been one of the top performers at Trent Bridge for several years and is also no slouch with the bat with three centuries to his name.
But he admits age is a factor as he attempts to come back in the best possible shape from a six-month break.
Adams said: ‘Coming into this season, the idea was to retire at the end of it.
‘It’s no secret that I’m 39 but as you get older, your ability to stay effective in a game becomes shorter and shorter.
‘I think the best way to get value out of me is three months at the start of the season after six months off.
‘There are always questions over fitness and injuries as a bowler.
‘But I was very honest with Giles White. I can’t say for sure that I will get through the three months but no-one can.
‘But with six months off I am going to do everything I can to make sure I am fit, strong and doing everything in my power to hit the season running.
‘I am not the kind of person to come back unfit.
‘I will probably be in better shape for next season than I have been for the past few years!
‘When you go to a new club, you have to impress and that’s what I will be looking to do.’
While some have voiced their concerns that Hampshire have gone for an experienced pro, rather than trusting one of their young bowlers, Adams believes he can prove his worth.
He said: ‘There were a few raised eyebrows when I first went to Notts but I am used to dealing with that.
‘I want to prove myself with Hampshire.’