GLOUCESTERSHIRE all-rounder Paul Muchall has flown to New Zealand for a winter of hard work on his game.
Recruited on a two-year contract last summer after being released by Durham, Muchall endured an injury-hit first season in Bristol.
He has now joined Birkenhead City Cricket Club, when he will remain as both a player and youth coach until March.
Muchall said: "It will be my first experience of playing in New Zealand.
"I have spent the last few winters coaching in Hong Kong so it will be different conditions for me.
"Coaching is something I am very interested in for the future. But I also hope to improve my skills as a player in one-day cricket and the longer competition over there so that I come back ready to hit the ground running with Gloucestershire."
Muchall sustained a back injury when bowling in the first innings of a Championship game against Hampshire at the County Ground in early August.
Fleeting opportunities in the first XI followed, but he feels neither he or the team did themselves justice during a mostly disappointing campaign.
"I suffered a muscle spasm in my back which affected a nerve," he said.
"It was a shame because I really enjoyed my first season at the club. It's not easy adjusting to a new environment, but I now feel settled and know more what is required of me.
"Next summer I hope to secure a first-team place in all forms of cricket.
"I felt we were unlucky to finish bottom of the Championship this summer because we failed narrowly to win a couple of games after declarations.
"The match against Leicestershire at Cheltenham felt like a defeat at the end, even though we drew because we got so close to our target."