I've enjoyed the series of interviews on the club site with Kim Barnett.
Say what you like about Kim, he knows the game and appears to be as passionate about Derbyshire success as he was in his playing days.
Nor is he anyone's fool, so when he says 'I am expecting an improvement in results next season' there must be good reason for him to do so. I'd suggest that our winter target is not merely the type of player released by another county, but one or two who are considerably better than that.
'We also need to make sure that our batsmen will be able to cope with the
type of pitches that we will be asking our ground staff to prepare in
order to win four-day matches. There is a lot to do during the winter in
general'. said Barnett.
Sounds to me like a spinner is on his way, or very much in their sights. Derby wickets have seamed enough over the years for playing on them to be de rigeur for the players, so one can only assume that there will be a sea change down Derby way.
The club Director of Cricket continued: 'I think we are close to getting some of the players and skills that we need to add to this squad.
Those skills have been selected specifically to enhance what we have
and not to have a detrimental effect on the development of our younger
players. Everyone will say that we have been short of at least a bowler in
four-day cricket so that is what we have been looking for.'
Well, we don't have a quality spinner, nor a strike bowler, as plenty of correspondents on here in recent months will vouch for. Nor do we yet, despite the strong claims of Alex Hughes and Luis Reece, have an obvious and nailed on number three. I'm not sure if these are the same staffing shortfalls that Kim has identified, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled, as it would appear that some sort of announcement may be forthcoming sooner, rather than later.
The big comment to catch my eye? 'We are also looking at specific skills to bring from overseas to enhance what we have got.'
Does that refer to the overseas star, or is it a reference to our shopping in that market for a Kolpak too?
I don't know, but it makes for exciting stuff.
Which is nice, I am sure you will agree.