Glamorgan season preview
Dragons looking to roar under former captain after lean times
By Rob Lancaster. Last Updated: April 14, 2008 12:37pm
Dalrymple: Big name signing for Glamorgan
The D:Ream classic hit 'Things Can Only Get Better' could become the theme tune down at Sophia Gardens.
A summer to forget in 2007 is something of an understatement. Bottom in all three of their leagues and dumped out in the group stages of the Twenty20 Cup, the Welsh Dragon certainly didn't roar loudly in the valleys.
However, the decision to use the campaign to blood some of their talented youngsters could pay off in the long run.
Seamers James Harris, who is still only 17, and Huw Waters look the pick of the bunch and have already represented England at youth level.
They will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Simon Jones in forging an international career, though they won't be able to star alongside the paceman.
After yet another injury-hit season the Ashes winner has gone to try his luck with Worcestershire.
New coach Matthew Maynard will also have his son, Tom, on the playing staff and it appears youth will get its chance again in 2008.
There have been some new arrivals, most notably off-spinning all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple, who has made the move to Lord's in an attempt to rekindle his once promising international career.
He will form a partnership with the evergreen Robert Croft that could prove a handful for opponents, providing the batsmen score enough runs to give their spinners something to work with.
Former Australia seamer Jason Gillespie has also been signed and has now been cleared for action despite appearing in the Indian Cricket League. His experience will be welcomed in such a young attack at Cardiff.
Former Warwickshire seamer Adam Shantry definitely will also be present in the Welsh capital, as too will opening batsman Matthew Wood, another new signing looking for a fresh start in the county arena.
While their final positions may not reflect a dramatic improvement Glamorgan will be hoping to make moves in the right direction, both in four-day and limited overs cricket.
Big year for: Jamie Dalrymple - A surprising move from Lord's offers the all-rounder a new beginning after a faltering spell since his time in England's one-day line-up. Should score runs and will find an able ally in Croft to bowl alongside.
One to watch: James Harris - The youngster burst onto the scene last year and is already being talked about as an England star of the future - no pressure then.