Home   Canterbury   Sport   Article

Kent head coach Matt Walker explains why they cannot boost their squad with a short-term overseas signing

Kent head coach Matt Walker has admitted defeat in their quest to bring in an additional overseas player.

After Australia pulled the plug on Xavier Bartlett’s proposed spell at the start of the County Championship season, Kent have been exploring other potential options.

Kent head coach Matt Walker. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent head coach Matt Walker. Picture: Barry Goodwin

South African all-rounder Beyers Swanepoel is due to arrive at the end of this month but Walker is also conscious of the workload on his bowling attack, including Wes Agar.

That led to a search for more short-term cover but Kent will have to make do with their current pool of resources.

“Nothing’s happening,” said Walker. “We’ve tried a few options and every corner we’ve turned, the door is slammed in our face.

“We’ve got no more corners to turn, unfortunately. We’ve got what we’ve got and there’s no more fit bodies that are available. We just have to see where we’re at with this group physically, to see if we keep the same side or rest a couple. We’ll see how Joey Evison is.”

On this occasion, it was more availability rather than finances that have dictated Kent being unable to draft in another body, but Walker admitted that any potential additions need to make financial sense as well.

“Bringing people over for a short stint compared to how much they cost, you have to work out the value in that,” he explained.

“Somebody from Australia for one or two games, how much that costs, it doesn’t really add up. We have tried some closer options and they haven’t come off.

“We just have to get on with it for two more games. Beyers will be here around the Lancashire time but probably not quite in time [to play in] that.”

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More