Hampshire’s new signing Sam Northeast believes the side are capable of challenging for trophies this summer after his recent move from Kent, the BBC report.

The 28-year-old batsman agreed a four-year deal at the Ageas Bowl earlier this month.

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Hampshire last won the County Championship in 1973 and last won a limited-overs trophy back in 2012, something Northeast is hoping will change.

I honestly believe we can have a run for the Championship this year, or a run in a few competitions. We’ve got that good a squad, I think we can compete.

Northeast scored over 1,000 Championship runs last year for Kent at an average of 50.85, and has hit 19 first-class centuries in his career to date.

The batsman chose to remain on the south coast with Hampshire, despite a number of offers elsewhere, and hopes that playing regularly in Division 1 will increase the possibility of an international call up.

Northeast is now set to travel to the Caribbean to join up with the England Lions squad in time for their limited-overs matches against the West Indies.