Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Rhodes: Any New Signings Have To Be Better Than Current Squad

Rhodes: Any New Signings Have To Be Better Than Current Squad

Steve Rhodes says Worcestershire have been "looking around" for potential new signings – but any possible additions to the squad have to be better than the current crop of players.

Worcestershire's Director Of Cricket says he has his "eyes and ears open ready to move" if the right person becomes available.

But Rhodes also has faith in the squad assembled at New Road over the past few seasons.

He said: "Are there plans for any more signings? We've been looking around. There have been people around but for one reason or another it hasn't worked out and suited us.

"It is not like picking them off shelves. It is not as easy as that but we always have our eyes and ears open ready to move if we can move.

"But they've got to be better players than our own and we are very lucky to have guys in our set-up who have got terrific talent and also have come through our system.

"That is really important, to show loyalty to the guys we have developed and invested time in getting where they are at the moment."

Rhodes added: "There are some terrific batters like Joe Clarke and Tom Fell. We've got guys who are still pushing there way in. Look at Dolly (Brett D'Oliveira) with his Lions stuff, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ross Whiteley, Alexei Kervezee and George Rhodes.

"We've got plenty of guys who can bat. Coxy (Ben Cox) could bat in the top five or six very easily. He is a superb batter.

"With the ball, if you are going to bring someone into a key position, then they've got to be better than what we have got.

"Joe Leach had a fantastic season. John Hastings is a wonderful signing I feel. So therefore they've got to be better than the others, the likes of Jack Shantry and Charlie Morris and Barny (Ed Barnard) and if they are not as good as those guys, what is the point?"