The final piece of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's coaching jigsaw fell into place today, with the announcement of Mal Loye, the former England, Lancashire and Northamptonshire batsman, as Development Coach.
Loye comes with high credentials, having previously worked as performance director for Bangladesh, as well as a stint as batting coach of Natal. His role is crucial to the club's continued development and I am sure that everyone wishes him well.
While the club has impressed with the quality of its winter recruits, it is in the long-term production of young players with the requisite talent where we will stand or fall. A balancing act, with signings of the right skill set and attitude coupled with home-grown talent is the way forward.
Loye's appointment could assume even greater importance in the seasons ahead.
Recruits largely sorted by Christmas.
Coaches in place.
Can't fault it, so far.