James Regan bids farewell to the County Ground
Wicket-keeper James Regan, who departed from the County Ground at the end of the season, has enjoyed his time with Somerset.
The 21 year old, who won this years Community Player of the Year award at the annual End of Season Party, came through the Somerset Academy and made his first team debut in the opening match of the 2012 season against Cardiff MCCU. Later that season James kept wicket for Somerset in the second innings of their game against South Africa.
He has played regularly for the Second XI and in 2014 enjoyed great success scoring 481 runs in nine championship matches including two centuries.
Talking about his time at the County Ground he said: “Five years ago I joined the Academy and moved to King’s College in Taunton which was a great experience for me and I am very grateful to Jason Kerr and Greg Kennis for giving me that opportunity.
“I thought that 2014, when I scored a lot of runs for the Second XI was a breakthrough year for me because this year, with the injury, things didn’t quite go to plan in the way that I would have liked. I’ve scored a few runs and have always been happy with the way that I have prepared for games and the way I went about my business so I don’t have any regrets.”
James talked about the highlight of his years with Somerset: “I think ‘keeping wicket in the second innings of the game against South Africa in 2012 was the highlight for me. However everyday coming into the County Ground and feeling that this was my workplace was a pretty positive thing for me as well. For whatever reason it didn’t happen for me this year and I’m gutted to be leaving.
“Whilst it hasn’t quite happened for me on the pitch, off it the biggest thing that I will take away are the relationships that I have forged. I feel that I have behaved in a way that has been welcoming and warming towards the fans and I have been shown a lot of love which I am really appreciative of.
Looking to the future James said: “ I have got some good opportunities ahead of me and my best years as well so I am looking forward to starting a whole new chapter of my life. I am going to go in to financial planning and wealth management and I am going to start my training programme on the Academy at Cooper Associates, which is an opportunity that probably wouldn’t have come up if I hadn’t played cricket for Somerset.”
James added: “This is going to be something completely different and I am really excited by the prospect. It will feel a bit strange going to work in a suit between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday but I am going to enjoy it and am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me.”