Barnett: We still have a lot to achieve

Wednesday 6th September 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Kim Barnett highlighted the progress made by Derbyshire during the 2017 season, but insists work continues as his winter work will focus on key areas to improve for 2018.

Barnett, who returned to the Club at the end of 2016, has extended his contract at Derbyshire to continue to provide support and guidance as Cricket Advisor until the end of next season.

The former Derbyshire and England batsman led the implementation of a new coaching model last winter. He has praised the positive response from the senor players, but insists there is still a lot of work ahead as the Club strives for further progression in 2018.

Barnett said: “The Supervisory Board felt that we needed a bit of stability for next year and I’m happy to continue in this role for another season. As a Club we have progressed this year under the new model, no doubt, but we also know we have a lot still to achieve and are capable of doing this.

“Some parts under the new model worked better than expected and some parts didn’t reach the levels that we thought they might. It’s important that we build on this summer and work over the winter to get this right.

“We have a great group of guys working at the Club and they’ve been working very hard.

“Mal Loye has been doing a great job with the development pathway and we have seen three 16-year-olds, and Callum Brodrick, coming through and part of the first-team squad. We need quality on the field and talented youngsters coming through.

“Billy [Godleman] and Gary [Wilson], as well as the other senior players, have a greater responsibility and they have embraced this.

“The players this season have proven to themselves, with a Twenty20 quarter-final, that they are good enough to achieve this. But it has been disappointing to see a lack of wins in the four-day matches, which is something we know we need to improve upon.

“I think in terms of targets for next year the big thing for me is winning home four-day matches. We need to be producing more positive results, which would then put you in contention for top half and the chance to progress and build momentum.

“We need to head towards winning three to five games and we know there is some recruitment needed to get there.”

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