Trego has title in his sights
All-rounder Peter Trego is desperate to help Somerset finally win their first LV= County Championship title.
Players vowing to go one better has become a yearly undertaking at the Taunton-based county, who have been the very definition of perennial challengers in recent campaigns.
A vastly talented squad means they are always able to compete on all fronts, yet Somerset have not emerged triumphant in a competition since the winning 2005 Twenty20 Cup.
In the ensuing years, the club suffered defeat three times in the final of the T20 competition and twice in the one-day event, while finishing as runners-up in the championship last year and in 2010.
However, under the stewardship of new director of cricket Dave Nosworthy - who has big shoes to fill having replaced Brian Rose - Trego hopes 2013 will be their year.
"These are really exciting times for the club," he told ecb.co.uk. "We've got the new input of Dave Nosworthy coming in so there is that good energy around the club.
"Every time I've started a season in the last five or six years, on paper we have got the team (to win the championship) - it's just about getting off to that fast start and maintaining our performances throughout the season.
"I will be very, very disappointed if I am stood here without that championship at the end of this season and at the end of my career. It's definitely what all the guys are after. We have everything in place; it's just about seeing it through now."
While Trego is bullish about Somerset's prospects, he acknowledges it is becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favourite for the biggest crown on an a competitive domestic circuit.
"The way we have actually performed in the championship over the last three to four years has been phenomenal," he conceded. "We've become very consistent, but I don't think there is an easy game.
"It is going to be six months of real hard work for us to be able to lift any silverware; all clubs feel that way, but the advantage is that our playing staff is incredibly strong."
In order to achieve their main goal, Somerset may well require more of the same from reigning MVP Trego, who last season struck 600 championship runs and passed the 50-wicket mark for the first time in his career.
He is certainly entering the campaign fresh having enjoyed a substantial break - largely due to an injury sustained while enjoying a spell with New Zealand domestic side Central Districts.
"I've personally had a bit of time off, which is good - just to get the body right," he added. "I had a bit of an injury around Christmas time. I pulled my side in the Boxing Day T20 game in New Zealand.
"It was a bit of a shame to finish early out there but, after a spell of around five years' continuous cricket, it's been nice to just get in the gym and run up and down Weston-super-Mare seafront.
"I have put a good three months' work in physically so I feel great. From a cricketing point of view, I feel very good about where I am at with my game at the moment."