Ryan raring to go!
Somerset’s newest recruit, wicket-keeper Ryan Davies can’t wait to get down to Taunton and get his Somerset career up and running.
“I am really pleased to have signed for Somerset,” he said. “I can’t wait to get down there and get started. It was all sorted out about three weeks ago so I have been a bit like a kid at Christmas waiting for it all to be officially announced. For me it’s a big challenge but it’s something that I needed and one that I cant wait for. It will get me out of my comfort zone and really test me, so it can’t come soon enough.”
The 18 year old talked about how the move from Kent had come about. “It looked like I was going to sign for Kent again,” he said. “However, I then found out that there was another club who were interested in me and that was Somerset. As soon as that offer came up it was something that I just couldn’t refuse.”
Ryan explained that he is no stranger to a few of the young Somerset players. “I know Adam Hose from playing a bit with him when he was trialing with Kent,” he said. “I also spent a little bit of time with Tim Rouse and of course I know Ben Green and George Bartlett from playing in the England Under 19′s with them. Everybody has made me feel welcome and I have had a few messages from some of them saying well done, which is really nice.”
When we met up with him the young ‘keeper explained how he got in to the game: “I was born and grew up in Margate and came up through the Kent age groups. I started when I was seven years old playing in the Under 11′s and then moved on from there. I started off as a bowler but then when we got to the Under 11′s I was the only one with a pair of wicket-keeping gloves and I have never looked back since then.”
Ryan is going to have a pretty busy winter ahead of him as he explained: “I will be off to Sri Lanka in December with the England Under 19′s and then hopefully I will be in the World Cup squad the following month that is taking place in Bangladesh.”
When is he likely to be down at Taunton for the first time? “I am hopefully going to come down for a couple of weeks in November and get to know everybody,” he said. “Then I will move down after the World Cup so that I am ready for the start of the season.”