CHURCH skipper Phil Gilrane has high hopes for the new pro with the addition of New Zealander Luke Woodcock.
The Blackburn Road side finished 10th last season but the the captain is hoping the experience of Woodcock, 27,will to help them have a better summer.
Woodcock plays for Wellington Firebirds in the New Zealand state championship, Shield and Twenty20 competitions.
And, after a good season, he also got a call-up to the New Zealand A squad who faced England in March.
"I am happy with the pro and we are hoping he can have a big influence,"said Gilrane.
"Niel Bredenkamp was good last season but we think this is another step up for us.
"Luke bowls a lot for his state side and he has not gone for many runs and, although he bats lower down, he is capable of big innings.
"He is an all-rounder which is what we have needed.
"Luke has previous experience of playing club cricket in England and I am sure that he will prove to be a great professional for us.
"We are still a relatively young team and, with his addition, we are hoping to achieve a significantly improved league position this year."
It is virtually the same side as last season except the addition of bowler Mahboob Hussain from Accrington.
"Mahboob has done really well in pre-season and he is a bowler which is a bonus for us," continued the skipper.
"In the cup competitions last season, we struggled for a fifth bowler but hopefully Mahboob is the answer.
"I am not making huge predictions for us. Our aim is to do better than we did last season and win more games.
"We also want a good start to the season.
"I am in my second season as captain and think the lads understand better how I work and it is all a bit more settled now."