Daryl Mitchell is preparing for the future and eyeing a role in sports administration rather than coaching when he eventually hangs up his spikes.
The long-serving Worcestershire CCC batsman has signed a recent contract extension until the end of the 2021 campaign and still has a vast hunger to succeed in the game.
But that has not stopped him looking forward this winter when his Worcestershire CCC training commitments have allowed.
He has gained invaluable experience via his role as PCA Chairman during a pivotal time in the game and also worked for a short spell in the commercial department at Everton FC as well as with Coventry City and the Rugby Football Union.
Mitchell said: “My role as chairman is still the same but I’ve had more of a hands-on role during the months October to January with David Leatherdale leaving and it bit being a transition period for our new CEO.
“There has been a bit of a personnel change at the PCA so I’ve filled a couple of holes in an executive role based at The Oval for certain days of the week when Worcestershire commitments have allowed.
“It’s been a brilliant experience to be quite heavily involved in the commercial side of things and the new standard contracts, county partnership agreements.
“I’ve been across a whole range of things really. It’s been a really exciting time and I have to pinch myself at times, having one-to-one meetings with Tom Harrison and various people at the ECB and first class county CEOs.
“I’ve learned a lot of skills over the last few months really.”
Mitchell added: “Is that the area I hope to go into? I think so. Not necessarily just cricket. I did a couple of weeks with Everton in their commercial department and a bit of time with Coventry City and the RFU.
“Football, rugby, golf, horse-racing, anything really. Sport is my passion and I’d certainly like to work in sport-sports administration.
“I think it is more suited to me in terms rather than coaching.
“I’ve done my Level Three coaching and I think I’ll always be involved in cricket to some degree, either coaching or playing.
“But, on a full-time basis, sports administration is probably the way forward for me and something I get a lot of joy out of.”