Welch: I still have some un­fin­ished busi­ness with Bears

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By BRIAN HALFORD

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 early 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 squad in the short and long terms. “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 in the last three- and- a- half years work­ing at two smaller clubs and I have learned a lot. We have a re­ally strong ar­ray of bowlers in all for­mats. I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting to work with them. Graeme Welch Graeme Welch is plan­ning to put a struc­ture in place through the age groups 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’s brief is twofold: Max­imise the young tal­ent com­ing through the age groups and get the senior bowlers fir­ing in the first team.

“I know a lot of the guys very well,” he said. “I’ll be look­ing to the likes of Keith Barker, Boyd Rankin, Chris Wright and Olly Han­non- Dalby to lead the way as senior play­ers should. I’ve al­ways liked the look of Olly Stone, who is se­ri­ously quick, and Ryan Side­bot­tom is a re­ally good, solid seam bowler.

“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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