CIYMS have shocked local cricket once again by announcing the signing of Ireland all-rounder Max Sorensen.
The South African-born 29-year-old moves to Belmont as one of two permitted players from outside the NCU.
Sorensen, who has played 12 One-Day Internationals and 18 Twenty20 matches, is a massive addition as CI look to build on their trophy-winning success of 2015.
He moves from two-time Irish Cup winners The Hills and will be available to represent the Northern Knights in next summer’s interprovincial competitions.
Sorensen is CI’s second high-profile capture of the winter, following the headline signing of South African ODI and Twenty20 star Justin Kemp.
Sorensen replaces left-arm spinner James Cameron-Dow, who is believed to be considering remaining in South Africa rather than returning to Ireland next summer.
A CI spokesman said: “It was disappointing that we weren’t able to secure James’ return as he was a very popular member of our club last season and was instrumental in our Challenge Cup success, but we are delighted to have secured someone of Max’s calibre to come in to the team.
“Due to Ireland commitments it is expected that he won’t be available for all of our games, but will help out when available with the coaching of our thriving underage sections. Max is looking forward to playing in the NCU and it is hoped that we can build on our successes of last season.
“It is expected that Max will help bolster the pace attack of the Northern Knights in the Inter Provincials.”