JAMES TREDWELL has been named the new Kent captain.
The 30-year-old England off-spinner takes over from Rob Key, who has chosen to step down after seven years at the helm.
Tredwell, who progressed through the Kent youth sides and made his county debut in 2001, said: "It's an immensely proud moment in my career. I can't wait to take on the challenge and I'm looking forward to getting going.
"I like to think my thoughts on the game are pretty solid. Putting those thoughts into the game tactically is the thing I'm looking forward to most."
Tredwell has played one Test match and nine One Day Internationals for England and believes taking on the captaincy will aid his international ambitions.
He said: "I personally think it will help me - I want to play international cricket. England was in my mind, of course, and captaincy is something I've wanted to do in terms of taking my career forward.
"Hopefully it can help my performance on the field as well – that's what matters most."
Tredwell has been involved in and around the England set-up and admits choosing a vice-captain is "massively important" if, as he hopes, the country come calling.
That man could be the outgoing skipper Key and the pair will meet to talk through about the subject.
On the possibility of Key being his no.2, Tredwell said: "I can see it happening. It depends if Rob wants to do something like that. We have got to have a discussion.
"If Keysy is willing to do it he'd be the perfect man for the job.
"It might be a case of making a more progressive appointment with a younger man - but we'll talk about it."
Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson paid tribute to the man Tredwell is replacing.
He said: "Rob has been the longest serving first-class captain. He's the longest serving Kent captain in the professional era and he's captained the county with a whole lot of distinction. It's an awesome contribution to Kent.
"The amount of work he's done off the field has been unbelievable. He's a man of deed - he's done things that, if you did know the context of them, makes me very proud.
"I maybe would have wished him the luck of winning a couple more trophies as he's justified that.
"No one can do that job forever and picking that time to say it's ready for someone else is credit to him.
"What's especially attractive from our point of view is that there's a trend with Kent born and bred through them.
"We like to have people who've come up through the Kent system. They're both great cricketers who are tactically very good and they've played at the highest level.
"James takes over at a very exciting time for the club - it's in James' hands to build on that and take us to the next step."