Un­fin­ished Bears busi­ness back in Brum for Welch

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GRAEME Welch is ex­cited to be head­ing back to his “spir­i­tual home” after agree­ing to re­turn to War­wick­shire as bowl­ing coach.

Welch, a County Cham­pi­onship win­ner with the Bears as both player ( 1994 and 1995) and bowl­ing coach ( 2012) can’t wait to get crack­ing at Edg­bas­ton where he has “un­fin­ished busi­ness”.

The 45- year- old re­joins the Bears from Le­ices­ter­shire where he has spent a year as as­sis­tant coach. His spell with the Foxes fol­lowed two years at Der­byshire whom he joined as elite per­for­mance di­rec­tor after leav­ing the Bears in 2014. Now he re­turns to Edg­bas­ton ready to re­sume his mis­sion to set up a con­veyor belt of bowl­ing ta­lent to ben­e­fit the first team, short and long term.

“I am re­ally ex­cited to be com­ing back,” Welch said. “Edg­bas­ton is my spir­i­tual home and a fan­tas­tic set- up and I can’t wait to get stuck in again and work­ing with Ash­ley Giles and Jim Troughton.

“I do feel I have un­fin­ished busi­ness with the Bears. Last time I was there the bowl­ing unit helped us win the cham­pi­onship but I was just start­ing to look at putting a struc­ture in place through the age groups when I left. Now I can get on with that.

“It has been re­ally in­ter­est­ing work­ing at two smaller clubs and I have learned a lot. How­ever long you have been in the game you are al­ways learn­ing and now I want to put a sys­tem in place to keep bowlers com­ing through ca­pa­ble of play­ing not only for War­wick­shire but for Eng­land.”

Welch added: “I know a lot of the guys very well. I’ll be look­ing to the likes of Keith Barker, Boyd Rankin, Chris Wright and Olly Han­nonDalby to lead the way. I’ve al­ways liked the look of Olly Stone and Ryan Side­bot­tom.

“With young seam­ers like Ge­orge Panayi and Henry Brookes com­ing through and Jee­tan Pa­tel, Josh Poys­den and Sunny Singh in the spin de­part­ment, we have a re­ally strong ar­ray of bowlers in all for­mats. I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting to work with them and also with the younger guys com­ing through be­neath them.”

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