NCU Premier League champions CIYMS have made their first major signing of the winter, with pace bowler Stephen Dunn joining the club from Coleraine.
The 27-year-old former Ireland A seamer is seen as a replacement for Peter Connell, who won’t be returning to Belmont this summer.
Dunn, who made the News Letter’s North West team of the year for 2012, hopes the move to the NCU will reignite his international ambitions.
The former Donemana left-armer claimed 40 wickets at an average of 13.35 last season as Coleraine were edged out of the title race by his former club.
CI have also confirmed the appointment of Taimur Khan as club captain. The former North Down professional, who moved from The Green a year ago, takes over the position from Stephen Hughes.
Khan was influential in the signing of Mohammed Ishmael from Belfast International Sports Club. The off-spinner will plug the gap left by the departure of Ryan Adair, who has moved to Australia.
CI have already confirmed that Chris Dougherty, the former Bready and Brigade batsman, will be back at the club after settling in the Belfast area.
They are also in talks with Zimbabwean all-rounder Ryan Butterworth and former Ireland batsman Jeremy Bray about extending their stays at Belmont. They are also interested in bringing PJ Moor back to the club.
North Down have responded to a trophless season by signing Austrlian duo Nick Larkin and Tim Ley. Larkin, who has an Irish passport, is a top-order batsman and part-time spinner while Ley is a right-arm seam bowler with a good record in Sydney grade cricket.
CI will travel to newly-promoted Lurgan on the opening day of the 2013 season. The other fixtures see Civil Service North host Waringstown, fancied Instonians will play Lisburn and Ballymena travel to North Down.
Opening Day fixtures: Ulster Bank NCU Premier League, Saturday, April 27: CSNI v Waringstown, Instonians v Lisburn, Lurgan v CIYMS, North Down v Ballymena. Saturday, May 4: Ballymena v Lisburn, CIYMS v CSNI, North Down v Lurgan, Waringstown v Instonians.