The Heat’s season ended on Saturday against the Melbourne Renegades with a fourth consecutive loss, ending the club’s finals hopes after a promising start that saw four of the opening six games won.
Head Coach Dan Vettori and the Heat staff have this week reflected on the club’s 2017-18 performance and identified areas of improvement for BBL|08 and beyond.
Vettori said that while the club was not satisfied in the way the season ended, wholesale changes would not be made, instead pointing to the need to build depth in key areas within the squad.
“To have started the way we did and then fall away towards the end of the season was obviously disappointing. Injuries to key players certainly played their role, but we aren’t using that as an excuse.
“We have spent some time this week evaluating our squad and key areas we need to improve. We expect that every player returning under contract must return a better player. The competition will not get weaker, so we must step up as a team to meet the challenge.
“The natural cycle of Twenty20 means squads will always change from season to season. We won’t have a major refresh, but we hope to bring a few new faces in that we anticipate will complete the pieces we are missing.
“We secured several of our current group of players for multiple seasons following BBL|06. We know what they are capable of and I will continue to trust them to play the game in the manner the Heat are known for.
“We also know which players we want to re-sign who are coming off contract, and we are going to be aggressive in the open market to deliver a squad that can contend for next season’s title.”
The Heat have five players from their squad coming off contract after the BBL|07 season, while internationals Brendon McCullum and Shadab Khan will be back in 2018-19 after signing multi-year deals.
BBL clubs have until the end of this week to re-sign any players coming off contract before they can go on the open market.