Batsman Lou Vincent has revealed his delight at joining Lancashire for their Twenty20 Cup campaign.
The 29-year-old New Zealand international arrived at Old Trafford after Brad Hodge's call-up to Australia's tour of the Caribbean.
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club," Vincent told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"They're like the Manchester United of cricket and to play on this ground, it's an emotional time."
Vincent is in the squad for Lancashire's opening Twenty20 Cup game against Leicestershire Foxes on Wednesday.
Despite limited experience, he admits it is a format he enjoys.
"I had a short stint at Worcester a few years back, although it was nothing special," the Auckland-born player admitted.
"But I'm with the ICL (Indian Cricket League) for the next three years and to be part of that on a small scale compared to the IPL (Indian Premier League), it's definitely enjoyable."
"I think with any form of the game it's about tempo and I guess any player who has played a lot in one particular game can understand better what's going on.
"It's a highly-skilled game because you have to be aware from ball one."
And he admitted he was surprised at the standard of the ICL.
"I was a bit sceptical when you see the likes of Adam Parore, no offence to him but he hasn't played for five years, going over there. I was wondering what I was getting myself into," said Vincent.
"But the first day there we were doing pilates, boxing and then you've got the kids who were just so eager to play cricket. When all the professionals arrived all of a sudden you feel like you're a leader and can teach them all the things you've learnt," he added.