Whoah there, folks...
No sooner does news break of Mark Footitt's turning down of a contract, than people are suggesting more departures and issues where they really don't exist.
Please try to keep comments to things we know - i.e. Mark - than things based on nothing more than supposition. Just because Tony Palladino hasn't played much one-day cricket , it doesn't mean he's leaving, nor is Wayne Madsen because he wasn't one-day captain.
Let's keep comments to facts, thank you.
Full marks to Graeme Welch today, in omitting Tillakaratne Dilshan from the side to play Kent this weekend. I wrote the other night that it would be a brave decision to omit the overseas player, but I applaud it. His form has been wretched and any player should be given a break when form is proving so elusive.
I feel sorry for the coach. He has come in to build a dynasty at the club, progress the development of young players and get them into the first team. He has done that, granted with mixed success, which is always going to be the case with young cricketers. He has a strong bunch of young players in the second team and another impressive batch in the under-17s. Could he really do more in a two-year period, especially with some of the hurdles he has had to face, on and off the field?
He could, with a full complement of contributing senior players and in that he has been somewhat hamstrung by contractual decisions made before he came to the club. This winter will see a revamp of the playing staff and the Derbyshire coach is sensible enough to realise that it is an important one, without any of us spelling it out. He has made one very positive move in engaging Hamish Rutherford, who will make a big difference across all formats next summer and I expect other exciting announcements in the coming months.
Whether it is with or without Mark Footitt, 2016 will be a big season. Further progress will be expected from young players and an influx of those with greater experience, battle-hardened players if you will, are needed. Godleman, Madsen, Palladino and Durston make up a steady four, but they will need support. We need to show further signs of the improvement that has been hinted at this year with wins over good sides, while eliminating some of the errors that have strewn other performances.
I still think Welch will get there, but supporters need to show patience and should trust in those in charge at the club.
For the Kent game, he has chosen a squad of twelve that is as strong as we could name in the circumstances, one with a good depth in batting and a strong content of young players.
Sitting below us in the table, Kent have had a tough year and name the following squad, with South African batsmen Sean Dickson possibly making a debut:
Sam Northeast (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Rob
Key, Joe Denly, Ben Harmison, Sean Dickson, Fabian Cowdrey, Sam Billings (wk), Calum Haggett, James Tredwell, Matt Hunn, Ivan Thomas.
With Matt Coles and Darren Stevens rested, this is a match we can win.
If the weather stays out of it, I think we will do.