'We have irons in the fire' says Derbyshire cricket supremo Kim Barnett and the expectation is that some of them are rather hot...
Indeed, Barnett expects to be able to announce new signings for the T20 and, one assumes, to replace Neil Broom 'this week or next', which is pretty exciting for everyone involved in the club.
I do hope that the club's excellent marketing team, that seldom misses a trick, don't lump them all together into the one release, as there's promotional opportunities a-plenty in breaking the news on an individual basis. Besides, the players coming in are doubtless worthy of an individual piece and they should get that.
I wonder if the club will opt for an experienced seamer, or go for a top order powerhouse with the bat? If there were money, there's even the possibility of both, much as Nottinghamshire did last year when they chose between Imran Tahir, Dan Christian and Andre Russell for their matches. It is good to have such options, though I think it hardly likely that we would ever omit Tahir from a T20 game, or any other, for that matter. Why would you, eh, Nottinghamshire...?
Anyway, our first pre-season game has been announced as a one-day friendly on Saturday 1 April at Moddershall Cricket Club, Staffordshire. The opposition will be a North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Select XI and it will be followed by a three-day university fixture
versus Loughborough University, starting on Friday 7 April, at
So less than three weeks to go before we can start to follow those scores and watch the boys once more.
Be honest, you're excited, aren't you?
I know I am.