Graeme Hick is considering his options for the future
Former Worcestershire star Graeme Hick admits he has enjoyed a relaxing winter, but is now looking forward to the next phase of his life.
Hick told BBC Hereford and Worcester he had benefited from the break, but now he is keen to explore his options.
"I've enjoyed it up to now as I had a short break away with the family before Christmas which we loved," he said.
"But I am starting to look ahead and am putting out a few feelers as to things that I might pursue," he added.
Hick, who brought down the curtain on his glorious New Road career at the end of last season, is still adjusting to life after professional sport.
While I have been training and enjoying that side of it, I've been on my own in the gym with no mates around me, so it has been different.
For the first time in many years he has not had to report back for the winter fitness sessions, and admits that he has missed the camaraderie of the dressing room.
"I haven't toured in the last few winters but even during those winters come the end of October we've been training as a group," he said.
"This winter, while I have been training and enjoying that side of it, I've been on my own in the gym with no mates around me, so it has been different."
Hick, who was linked with the Indian Cricket League before Christmas, has made no firm plans as to what the future will hold for him.
He has hinted that he might enjoy some part-time coaching, although this need not be at the highest level of the game.
He is also keen to pursue a role in the media and is exploring avenues in this area. But he says whatever the future holds for him, he will be a keen follower of Worcestershire's fortunes this season.
Hick feels the squad has what it takes to be competitive back in the first division of the County Championship, but he does feel the bowling attack will need careful management.
"The bowling attack would be my only concern," he said. "There are two or three bowlers that are a little bit injury prone. And, with the workload during the summer, it is always hard work for the bowlers.
"But as long as the bowlers have a bit of rest and last through the year, I think they will do well."
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