YORKSHIRE have no plans to sign an overseas player before next month’s start of the new season.

Coach Andrew Gale is keen to give the club’s homegrown batsmen the first crack at the whip.

The White Rose have recruited Huddersfield-born batsman Will Fraine from Nottinghamshire and in-form South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier on a three-year Kolpak contract.

Gale is hopeful that his batting order starts this season how they finished last, with an impressive September securing fourth place in Specsavers County Championship Division One for the second year running.

The former Championship-winning captain is also hopeful that England will make Joe Root and Adil Rashid available in the early stages of the summer, potentially even for the season opener at Nottinghamshire on April 5.

“At this moment in time, we’re pretty settled (with recruitment),” said Gale.

“At the start of the season, we’d like to back our own batters and give them the best opportunity.

“If that doesn’t work out, we might have to look for an overseas player. But, at this moment in time, I’m happy with the resources we’ve got.

“There’s still some good overseas players out there looking for counties, but I just think it can be a bit of a lottery given there’s two Championship games in April.

“I want to see our young players stand up and put their hands up.

“We want to give our homegrown players the best chance to be successful. It’s in their hands.”

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was the young batsman who really stood out in the closing stages of 2018, posting scores of 81, 106, 105 not out, 63 and 33 in the last five matches.

It earned him a pre-Christmas England Lions call and, just recently, his senior Yorkshire cap.

Gale said: “As the younger players are a year older, they’re better for the experience, people like Harry Brook, Jack Leaning, Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

“They all performed well at different parts of last season and have a bit more wool on their backs if you like.

“With a bit more experience will hopefully come a bit more consistency.

“The key to our batting is the two senior lads, Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance. They seem in a good place.”

Yorkshire will definitely start the season without Jonny Bairstow and David Willey, who have both gained contracts at the Indian Premier League.

But Root and Rashid, who are about to finish winter international commitments in the West Indies, will need some county cricket before the start of the home internationals and the World Cup in May.

Gale added: “It will be interesting to see what happens with Rooty.

“Maybe they’ll let him play for one or two Championship games. I’m not sure. They finish in a few days’ time.

“They might give them a three-week break.

“Knowing Joe, he likes to keep playing and keep batting. As soon as his rhythm’s there, he likes to keep going. We’ll see.”