Derbyshire County Cricket Club has adopted a groundbreaking new cricket strategy following a meeting of its General Committee last week.
The strategy includes a landmark signing from 2012, development pathways for homegrown players, the introduction of a specialist coaching fund, the opening of contract negotiations with key players and the permanent appointment of Karl Krikken as head coach over the next three years, working alongside captain Luke Sutton.
A policy has also been agreed that Derbyshire will field a minimum of nine English qualified players from 2013 and there will be maximum faith and investment placed in the club’s homegrown talent.
Negotiations will soon begin on long term contracts for several academy graduates.
Chairman Chris Grant said: “Clearly this meeting was vitally important for the future of the club and I’m delighted with the strategy.
“Of course, the possibility of a big name signing is what will create all the headlines and it is no coincidence that two of the most successful periods in Derbyshire’s history came when Eddie Barlow and later Dean Jones were at the Club.
“Players of that ilk are doubly valuable because they bring quality in their individual performance but also bring a massive amount of experience, knowledge and expertise to the rest of the group.”