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White promises there'll be more new faces at Hampshire
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Hampshire manager Giles White admits more signings are on the way after missing out on Kent’s Sam Northeast.
Ruel Brathwaite, Hampshire’s first Barbadian since Malcolm Marshall, has signed until the end of next season and took 3-112 on debut as Northants were finally all out for 438 on the second day of their LV County Championship match at The Ageas Bowl.
Seamer Brathwaite, 28 tomorrow, is hoping this is the start of a long career with Hampshire, having been frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Durham since completing a Masters degree at Cambridge University four years ago.
However, White insists he will not be the only addition.
“We have one eye on what’s ahead and will sign players,” said White.
“There will be some changes...teams evolve and there’s a need to recruit, but we’re not in a dissimilar place to any other year.”
Hampshire had hoped to sign Northeast, Kent’s 23 year-old batsman, who is yet to fulfil the huge promise he displayed as a schoolboy.
White said: “He showed an interest in Hampshire and us in him but he’s decided to stay with Kent and for all good reasons I’m sure.”
Hampshire have been planning new signings for some time as they enter a period of transition.
They will be without Dimi Mascarenhas from next season, while White is only “hopeful” that Neil McKenzie will return for a fifth stint for part of the 2014 campaign.
“We value Macc enormously but it’s whether we can get to a workable agreement,” he said.
“It’s unrealistic to think he’ll be around all season so it’s whether there’s a period that works for us and for him."
Meanwhile, Hampshire have three-and-a-half Championship games left of this season to decide whether to sign Kent loanee Matt Coles.
Coles finished with 2-53 yesterday, thanks to a sixth catch for the excellent Michael Bates.
White added: “He’s on loan and that’s as far as it goes at the moment but he’s got good all-round potential, he’s a strong bowler who showed what he could do with bat last week and he also fields well.
“We’ve been impressed and we need depth in our bowling.”
Hampshire closed on 160-2 last night, still 278 behind, thanks to an unbeaten 71 from captain Jimmy Adams.
Meanwhile, Michael Carberry is not expected to be available for the YB40 semi-final against Glamorgan on Saturday (12.45pm start) because of his inclusion in England’s squad for the ODI series against Australia, which starts at Headingley tomorrow.
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