Sussex fans have been told not to expect any new signings for the run-in.

The county are still in the Championship promotion race with three games to go.

They go into today’s game at Gloucestershire with Stiaan van Zyl, Chris Jordan, Delray Rawlins and Danny Briggs all back in their ranks compared to the side who beat Middlesex in the most recent four-dayer three weeks ago.

But Alex Carey, who played a massive part in that result as a batsman, has gone back to Australia.

And there is still a recognition within the club that Sussex rely too heavily on Ollie Robinson, who took 14 wickets in that match.

Head coach Jason Gillespie expects to address that issue well ahead of the new 2020 season and the club yesterday announced they had added experienced right-arm seamer Mitch Claydon to their ranks for the next campaign.

But Mir Hamza played the opening part of the Championship and has not been replaced in terms of an overseas player.

That looks unlikely to change now Carey has gone home to prepare for his domestic season.

Laurie Evans is no longer an option after he was allowed to head off to the Caribbean Premier League.

Asked whether Sussex would add to their squad for the final three games, Gillespie told The Argus: “We thought about it but we have decided against it and there are a number of reasons.

“One, we want to back our players and who we have got.

“We have got Stiaan van Zyl coming back, we’ve got Delray back from Bermuda and we’ve got Jared Warner in on loan as a seam option.

“We will have CJ (Chris Jordan) coming back in because he missed the Middlesex game.

“Then there is availability.

“What I don’t want to do is just sign an overseas player for the sake of signing an overseas player.

“If someone comes along and you think they could really add value and make a meaningful contribution to the side at the back stage of the season, then we will look at that.

“But you have got to understand, say we wanted to sign a bowler, most bowlers are in the Southern hemisphere and they are all starting their domestic competitions.

“There are some overseas Tests going on at the moment and one-day Twenty20 comps.

“It’s not that straightforward to get a player.

“Everyone just says, ‘You’ve got to get an overseas player’ but who?

“And they have also got to satisfy the criteria to obtain a visa.

“When our supporters say we need this and we need that, it’s great for them to be passionate enough to have an opinion.

“But they have to understand it is not that straightforward.

“If we went and signed a bowler, one of our players misses out.

“If we go and sign a batter, one of our batters misses out.

“If Alex Carey was able to stay, obviously we would keep him.

“But he has got to go back and every Australian player, New Zealand player, South African players – they are busy “They are getting ready for their domestic cricket so we have to respect that.”