Gloucestershire chief Tom Richardson says Michael Klinger can make the difference in 2013
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson believes new captain Michael Klinger can make the difference as the county strive for improvement on the field in 2013.
Although the only way is up after finishing bottom of the County Championship Second Division last season, Richardson believes the future is bright for the club's young squad.
And he reckons Klinger's leadership skills are just what is needed to kick-start a revival in fortunes when the new county campaign gets underway in April.
"I think there is a good chance of success this summer and beyond," said Richardson, who embarks upon his final season as chief executive before standing down in September.
"We have a group of young players, who will be a year older, wiser and stronger, which should make them very competitive.
"Michael Klinger is coming to captain us and he is not only a top class player, but by all accounts, an outstanding leader.
"He is going to be around for two years and I believe that is going to make a significant difference."
The South Australia batsman has captained his state in each of the last two seasons Down Under and will take up the role relinquished last September by Alex Gidman.
Richardson expects Gidman to recapture his best form with the bat now that he is no longer burdened the requirements of leadership.
He said: "I feel we could see a big season from Alex Gidman now that he has been freed from the responsibility of captaining the team through a really difficult period.
"You talk about doing a job through thick and thin, but in some respects Alex did it through thin and thinner, with the necessary reliance on guiding and developing young players."
He added: "We have a crop of good pace bowlers, who now have some level of experience, and a couple of promising young spinners, allied to some senior and very promising batsmen, with the ability to make big scores, so all of that is very exciting.
"What we have to do is create an environment in which we can invest more each year and we have a business plan in place to go with the vital ground development work currently taking place. There is much to look forward to expectantly, rather than hopefully.
"We need to be in a position to retain the good players we already have and encourage even better ones to join us by offering them a positive and ambitious environment, with top class practice facilities.
"At the moment we have a promising squad, but that potential has to be realised."