White starts 2014 recruitment drive

Sam Northeast batting for Kent
Sam Northeast batting for Kent
New Hampshire signing Sam Northeast  Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Hampshire head to Northeast for success

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Giles White admitted he already has one eye on next season as he attempts to bring in more new faces at Hampshire.

The Hampshire manager, whose side closed day two on 160 for two in reply to Northamptonshire’s 438 all out, has recently recruited Matt Coles from Kent and Ruel Brathwaite from Durham.

But he also confirmed he had failed in a bid to bring Kent batsman Sam Northeast to the Ageas Bowl.

With bowler David Griffiths signing a contract with Kent, Neil McKenzie undecided on whether he will return and Dimi Mascarenhas set to retire at the end of the season, there are changes afoot.

But White believes the core of the side will stay the same as he bids to add the depth that has been missing from the Hampshire ranks this season.

He said: ‘I don’t see too many changes.

‘The core of the group will still be the same but there are some older guys who may be finishing this year or soon.

‘It is the nature of the beast and teams evolve so I think we are in a similar place to other years.

‘The obvious one is Dimi who has been a big part of the club over the years.

‘We talk to players at this time of the season with a view to next year.

‘Yes, we will sign players but we will be selective about it.’

Northeast discussed a potential move.

But White refuted reports he had turned it down because he was denied the captaincy.

White said: ‘We certainly talked to Sam Northeast.

‘He is a good young cricketer who showed an interest in Hampshire and we showed an interest in him.

‘But he decided to stay at Kent, for all good reasons I’m sure, so that’s part and parcel of how things are.

‘The captaincy was never discussed and we certainly don’t offer things like that.’

But the Hampshire manager was impressed with latest recruit, Brathwaite, who signed a contract until the end of next season after impressing on a trial and does not see him as a straight replacement for Griffiths.

White said: ‘Ruel has had limited opportunities at Durham but came down and got five wickets in the second team and has shown good form in the nets.

‘He has got a lot of good attributes and we hope he grows as he stays with us.

‘Ruel ran in all day and I thought he was good.

‘He’s has got lots of energy and lots of enthusiasm.

‘There is a lot of potential there and we are hoping he will improve over time.

‘But I don’t necessarily see it as a straight swap for Griff.

‘We need some depth in our bowling and with Griff moving, we needed more bowlers.

‘We didn’t get to the situation of whether he (Griffiths) was going to be released.

‘We’ve talked openly but we didn’t get to that situation.

‘He was out of contract at the end of this season.

‘With Griff, it’s an opportunity for him to go to Kent.

‘He hasn’t nailed down a spot in our side and he will be looking to do so at Kent.’