Newly promoted Eglinton have made arguably the most significant signing of the winter in the North West after announcing that Ireland all-rounder Stuart Thompson is to return to the club.
Thompson rejoins the villagers from Limavady after a quiet season with the Roesiders in 2012.
His return is a major capture for Karl O’Doherty’s men as they bid to cement their place in the top tier of North West cricket.
The 21-year old, currently studying in Newcastle might not have been at his best during his time at Limavady but still found favour with the Irish selectors and was included in the senior squad for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Thompson will join former international Stephen Smyth and News Letter team of the year inclusion Richard Wylie in the Eglinton side this summer.
Eglinton secretary John Pierce said: “Eglinton CC are naturally delighted that Stuart will be rejoining us for the start of the 2013 season. He is in reality coming home as he has strong family connections here and has a family base in the village.
“Stuart will bring plenty of aggression and indeed experience too which will complement the existing talent already at the club. His signing signals our intention to do everything we can to retain our place at what will be a highly competitive top table of North West cricket.
“Despite being in the thoughts of international selectors Stuart is likely to be available for the vast majority of the domestic campaign and his signing has been warmly welcomed by everyone at the club.”