DIRECTOR of cricket Steve Rhodes doesn’t intend to bolster Worcestershire’s squad with any loan signings.

The County chief is delighted with Worcestershire’s start to the campaign which has yielded 10 wins from 15 matches in all first-team competitions.

“The squad that we’ve got has lost four times, tied one and won 10 so for a side that has probably the lowest playing budget for all 18 counties it’s a pretty good effort,” he said.

Rhodes said he wished Worcestershire’s match with Surrey yesterday in the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final had been a lot closer.

They lost by 153 runs.

“We just wished it was a bit closer for the supporters and members but it wasn’t to be,” he conceded.

“We have to make sure we come in bouncing tomorrow (against Kent) and I am sure we will.”

He admitted Australian fast bowler John Hastings, who conceded 97 runs in his 10 overs, had endured a tough day.

“He had a bad day at the office but he’s a top international player,” said Rhodes.

“Our lesser players can have an off day as well and that’s what happened to John.

“He’s a big guy and a big presence and he’s already drawn a line under it and is looking forward to tomorrow.”

Rhodes continued: “In my first year as a player at Worcestershire, we got beaten in two semi-finals and it told me we were in the process of becoming a good side.

“We were getting there but we needed a bit more work and a bit more time. This could be the start of some big things like it was in that wonderful period at the club.”