Home is where the heart is for Hutton as he returns to Nottinghamshire

Brett HuttonBrett Hutton
Brett Hutton
Brett Hutton admits the lure of playing for his home county again was one of the major factors behind his decision to quit Northants and return to Nottinghamshire.

The fast bowler rejected the offer of a new deal to stay at the County Ground, and has instead opted to return to Trent Bridge, three years after leaving to sign for Northants.

Born in Farnsfield in Sherwood Forest, Hutton worked his way through the Academy to the first team at Notts, but left the club having made 33 first-class appearances for the club and claiming 106 wickets.

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He arrived at Northants keen to play more first team cricket, and in his three seasons at Wantage Road he snared 87 wickets in 22 Championship matches at an average of 23.54, helping the County to promotion to the top flight of the County Championship in 2019.

Brett Hutton left Notts for Northants in 2017Brett Hutton left Notts for Northants in 2017
Brett Hutton left Notts for Northants in 2017

Although it has been announced the league format is three conferences of six in 2021, the County Championship is expected to return to a two division system in 2022, and when it does Notts will be in the second tier having finished bottom of division one in 2019.

“The aim for me is to help Notts get back to division one, then to kick on again and achieve things in the top tier,” Hutton told trentbridge.co.uk

“Looking from afar, I could see that last year they were dominating games and that the signs were there of the club turning a corner in red-ball cricket.

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“I believe there’s a big part for me to play in continuing that, and I’m excited about competing for a spot in a strong and successful white-ball line-up as well.

“It will be great to get back on home turf at Trent Bridge. When it comes to finding a county I can be passionate about bowling for, there’s no-one else quite like Notts.

“I’ll be giving it everything in pre-season and out on the field next summer to play my part in bringing success to this club.”

Now 27, Hutton returns to Nottinghamshire a far more experienced bowler, and coach Peter Moores believes he will be a real asset to the club.

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“We were eager to keep Brett back then (in 2017), but we also accepted at the time that he was leaving for the right reasons – to further his career and experience being a senior player over at Northamptonshire,” said Moores.

“We wished him well at the time and the success he’s had over there, including bowling them to promotion in 2019, has been lovely to see. He’s returning a better, more experienced bowler than when he left and that’s exciting for us.

“Brett has ambitions to play all three forms of the game and, working with Kevin Shine (Notts bowling coach) in particular, we believe there’s more to come from him both with the red and white-ball.

“What makes him the ideal signing for us right now is his pedigree in red-ball cricket. The consistency of his championship record stands up. He’s been one of the better seam bowlers around for a number of years.

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“Add to that the fact that we were lacking in fast bowling depth at times last season - and that Brett’s a homegrown player, the likes of which we all love to see representing our club - and bringing him in wasn’t a difficult decision.”