Despite the fact that Pertemps Bees have failed to win any of their last nine matches Phil Maynard yesterday stated his intention to retain at least three-quarters of his struggling squad next season.
The club's director of rugby is embroiled in the worst streak of his 20-year coaching career but has opted to show faith in the players he knows can produce the goods at a high level.
This season has been a massive anticlimax as Bees, who play at Exeter on Saturday, have failed to emulate their Powergen Cup heroics of the year before, wallow ninth in National One and missed out on a trip to Twickenham in the Powergen Shield.
That has led to criticism of proven performers from fans, officials and even some backers of the club, but Maynard does not expect to release many of his squad.
He said: "There is not going to be much improvement in our playing budget, so we are going to retain between 15-20 of our current squad.
"We have got only 24 contracted players, so there is not going to be much change in personnel, we just need to reinforce it."
Key performers like Tim Walsh and the Knight brothers, Dave and Paul, have a year remaining on their contracts, which means there is likely to be consistency down the spine of the team but Maynard realises he needs to bring in recruits, if only to increase competition for places. He said: "We need to reinforce ourselves in some key positions and need to be far more professional in our preparation before games." But, as ever, that doesn't mean throwing money at the problem. The former Worcester and Stourbridge man would love to have that facility; instead, he will be asking players to train more.
Meanwhile, Moseley's head coach, Ian Smith, is in much better heart going into the club's last home match of an encouraging campaign. He yesterday reiterated the importance of finishing the season in third place in National Two as a marker for next year.
He said: "I would say we are the third-best team in the league, so it is important we prove it and finish on a positive note. It would be very disappointing if we were to drift off and end up fifth."
Smith added that he does not expect to lose any of his squad to other teams, although he some had received offers from higherleague clubs.
On the recruitment front, he is looking for players to strengthen in key positions. Moseley are likely to be on the look-out to supplement their resources at hooker, back-five and in the centres and Smith said he had made progress in discussions with a couple of players.