Hampshire are in “no rush” to resolve the uncertainty over their overseas spot as they face up to the likelihood that George Bailey will not be returning for a second season.

Bailey lost his second Big Bash final as Hobart Hurricane captain last weekend, but doubts remain over whether he will be back to play a second season with Hampshire, having signed a two-year contract.

Hampshire remain hopeful of signing Sam Northeast, along with several other counties.

Whether they get their man is likely to determine what sort of overseas player they want for 2018.

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove said: “My feeling is we’ll be doing something else regarding an overseas player.

“It depends on the overseas programme and which players are in form. Sometimes players suddenly emerge nearer the season, so we’re in no rush.

“We’ll have a look at the end of this tour.” [Hampshire have four group games left at the Super 50 in the Caribbean].

Bailey and his wife are expecting their second child and the 35 year-old is keen to spend more time with his family.

Northeast would be an ideal replacement, but Bransgrove said: “We’ve put in our best shot and now it’s down to him to make his decision.”