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Lancs - Will end drought

Opener determined the Red Rose will be successful in 2008

Loye: Fit and ready

Mal Loye has put his injury problems behind him and is now ready to help end Lancashire's County Championship heartache.

"I think it's just a case of going out there and relaxing and just enjoying our cricket and I think we'll be successful."

Mal Loye

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The Red Rose county agonisingly missed out on the Division One title last season following their 24 run defeat at Surrey in the last game.

Sussex retained the title as a result and Lancashire's 73-year wait for the outright title continues.

And Loye, who missed the business end of the season with a slipped disc, is now fit and raring to go in the new campaign.

Belief

"I had a scan the other day and everything's cleared up and is healing well," Loye told Sky Sports News. "Pre-season is always an exciting time and I'm looking forward to getting out to Dubai.

"We usually play club cricketers on pre-season tour so it's a bit of a wake up call if you're facing the likes of Darren Gough in a Roses game in March. It's a rarity.

"It's great to have Freddie in the team as well, the boys are glad to have him back and I'm sure he is.

"Obviously we were just 20 odd runs away last season in the championship, which is frustrating and that's in the past. Everybody's looking forward to it.

"Sometimes we put a little bit too much pressure on ourselves, we've got that tag of not winning the Championship. I think it's just a case of going out there and relaxing and just enjoying our cricket and I think we'll be successful."

Lancashire start the inaugural Pro ARCH Series against the United Arab Emirates on March 14 before taking on Essex, Sussex and Yorkshire ahead of the start of the domestic campaign.