BARNT Green skipper Andy Sutton has admitted the side fell well short of where they should have been this season.

The Green spent most of their Birmingham League Premier Division campaign engulfed in a relegation fight before pulling clear of danger in their closing games.

Sutton said: "It was a difficult season both on and off the pitch as we struggled to get a consistent side out.

"As a result, we didn't perform to our best and I think even the pros would say that.

"However, we showed a bit of character when the chips were down and had a good end to the season in what was a tough year."

Sutton remains in no doubt that the Green will have to strengthen their ranks for next season.

He added: "We need to find two or three more experienced heads and we'll be on the hunt for that type of player, as we are definitely short of a couple of experienced bats."

But Sutton remains confident the future is bright with the progression of some of the club's younger players with George Hargrave, Jacques Banton, Tom Brown and Jamie Harrison all showing promise with the bat, while Naylan Chauhan and Darrell Williams improved as spin bowlers.

Yet Sutton stops short of bringing in an overseas player and confirmed: "I've always seen an overseas as a bit of a stop-gap. They can cost a great deal of money and I don't see the long-term benefit.

"I'd rather spend the money on developing some of our younger players."

The Green will be parting company with leg spinner Josh Poysden who has switched ranks from Warwickshire to Yorkshire on a three-year deal.

Sutton said: "He came here as a trialist with Warwickshire and has been great for Barnt Green. I cannot thank him enough for his contribution.

"We all wish him well at Yorkshire."