Michael Carberry is ready to embrace the new era at Hampshire ahead of the traditional summer curtain-raiser.
The Ageas Bowl hosts the three-day clash with Loughborough University starting today (11am).
It’s a new generation under the captaincy of Jimmy Adams.
Dominic Cork, Nic Pothas, Michael Lumb and Simon Jones have all left the club.
But left-hander Carberry is looking forward to the fresh start and seeing how the new crop adapt to their roles as senior players.
He said: ‘I’ve been here for a long time now and I’ve seen both eras.
‘I came in as a younger guy and we had players like John Crawley, Nic Pothas, Shaun Udal, Shane Warne and then we had Dominic Cork later on.
‘Now those guys have come to the end of their careers.
‘We’ve got quite a young squad and some senior players.
‘It’s a good opportunity for some of those guys who had a little taste of first-team cricket last year to get a real go.
‘Then there are the younger guys who have been around for a while, like Liam Dawson and James Vince, and can build on what they have done last year.’
While time moves on, Carberry admits he will miss Hampshire stalwart Pothas who was not offered a new contract at the end of last season.
Carberry said: ‘Nic is someone who was here for years and I will personally miss him because he is one of my best mates.
‘We’ve been in the trenches together for many years.
‘He’s been a friend, a mentor, a shoulder to cry on and the go-to man for most of our team.
‘To look across the dressing room and not see him there will be strange and quite sad.
‘But I’ve kept in contact with him and spent quite a bit of time with him over the winter.
‘He’s a great guy and I’m sure at some stage he will still be around Hampshire.’