A day after Alex Hughes signed a new contract with Derbyshire, comes the equally excellent news that Ben Slater has signed a new two-year deal that, like most of the others, keeps him at the club until the end of 2018 at this stage.
It has been good work by the club. All of the young talent have signed new deals and they will have a chance to develop together. I hesitate to say 'win together' as picking up trophies becomes an increasing challenge and will be dependent on much more than fielding a bunch of youngsters, however promising.
Ben started the season out of the side but forced his way in through weight of runs and was brilliant in the RLODC. I have said from the first time I saw him that he reminded me of Neil Fairbrother in his busy manner of batting. None of us would complain if he 'topped out' at that level.
He is the latest to suggest excitement at the club's ambition, suggesting that the players have an idea of our winter targets and they are some way above run of the mill players.
The only seniors who currently look likely to play a regular part for us next year are Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen and Gary Wilson. Whether Tony Palladino is reserved more for matches when conditions suit him, rather than being flogged on flat tracks, will largely depend on who we sign in the coming months. We need a couple more at least, with Neil Broom's return to these shores in better nick being important too.
It was interesting to read today that Daryn Smit has started the South African domestic season with the Dolphins batting at three and registering another century. He's not got the gloves either, Morne Van Wyk taking that role, so his leggies may get an airing later in the game. I've no idea whether Derbyshire have ever been serious about signing him, or whether he was simply keeping for our second team as we had no one else, but he's a heck of a cricketer and keeps scoring truck loads of runs. Not sure that there's too many people around and available with such a CV...
Finally today, Warwickshire have parted company with Dougie Brown, despite winning the RLODC only a few weeks ago. It shows the unforgiving nature of professional sport, although the club's concern over a lack of emerging academy talent, coupled with mounting debt, seems to be an issue.
Ashley Giles is tipped to return to the club where he made his name, apparently frustrated with criticism from a minority of supporters. I can't think of anywhere you won't get that, to be honest, so maybe a move home is at the crux of it all.
More from me soon.