Chris Morgan admits the magnetic pull of Havant was simply impossible to refuse after turning his back on Dubai to chase another Southern Electric Premier League title.
The 24-year-old all-rounder went off to pursue a career in finances out in the United Arab Emirates but after six months in the desert, the former Hampshire Academy graduate returned to the UK.
And even though he is now living and working in London, he has no intention of finding another club in the capital, instead choosing to carry on playing with a team where he has a long association.
Morgan said: ‘Basically, the work I was doing out in Dubai would not have been recognised back in the UK.
‘When I came back, I would have had to effectively start my career again and I didn’t want to do my development year twice.
‘It’s a shame, but I still had a great time out there.
‘It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but I’ve got some fantastic life experience.
‘But I guess I just couldn’t pull myself away from Havant!
‘I am living and working in London now.
‘But I love playing with the boys at Havant – I have been playing with most of them for 10 years.
‘I don’t see it as coming down just to play cricket – I see it as coming down to spend the day with my mates.’
While Dubai has a large British community and cricket is a growing sport, Morgan admits he opted for his second sporting passion and admits he is still shaking off a bit of the rust.
He said: ‘They play rugby and cricket in the same season over there so I had to make a choice between the two.
‘While over here, I play rugby for Portsmouth in the winter and cricket for Havant in the summer.
‘I didn’t bowl a single ball and didn’t even pick up a bat over there.
‘I think it shows in the amount of runs I’ve scored so far this season!’
While Morgan has not quite found his top form with the bat as yet, he is bowling well and will be out to help Havant’s flying start to the season continue in tomorrow’s timed game at home to St Cross.
He said: ‘I scored runs in pre-season and although I haven’t got any runs, it’s strange because I’ve felt pretty good with the bat.
‘I’ve been batting at number three but I’m pretty sure that will change soon.
‘Chris Stone and Rob Gibson are back now and they should be in the top order so I’m sure I will move down but that’s good.
‘I’m bowling really well, the team is playing well and I’m just enjoying it.
‘We’ve played some really good cricket and it feels like we are getting back to where we were a few years ago.
‘I’m really optimistic about this season.
‘We have won the league before with considerably worse teams than we have now.
‘We bat a long way down, we have plenty of different bowling options and our overseas seamer (Rohan Kandiah) brings something different to the side.
‘We’ve started well and I honestly think it’s all in our hands. I think we have the ingredients for a very successful season.’