Nick_Glam wrote: ↑Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:24 am
I agree that ideally we will make more signings, but I wonder how much to read into the comment on the BBC website: "The large majority of the squad is likely to remain unchanged next season."
Predicting the blindingly obvious. The majority of players are always going to stay although we do need to shed a few players from what is too big a squad at present. That has started with Lawlor and Szymanski. Need to have a supply of seamers. Currently those are Hogan, TvdG, Carey, Smith, Douthwaite, Meschede who all have contracts until at least next year and De Lange, Wagg and McIlroy who would need renewals. I expect us to retain De Lange and as that only makes 7, probably also McIlroy. Wagg is the unknown and personally I would not keep him unless perhaps they see a role for him on the coaching side. That would however mean we are keeping a closed shop on that front.
In the spin department Salter has a contract for another 2 years. If they sign Patel I do not see any need to retain both Morgan and Sisodiya and I would expecte Morgan to lose out. Bull has just had back surgery and hopefully that will mean he can stay fit. He has a contract for another year. Certainly do not need 5 spinners and Morgan has failed to secure a spot as a batsman which I never expected him to do.
As always we are on the look out for top order batsmen and as already mentioned, Hameed looks attractive. However I am sure there are other counties who will be thinking the same way. It does not look like there are any obvious contenders coming from our academy. I keep hoping that Brown will push on. The other player needing to regain confidence is Carlson. He is embarking on his last year at Uni and hopefully when that is over we will see him playing more regular 1st team cricket.