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Batsman Ryan Haire makes move to Muckamore

By Ian Callender

Ryan Haire continues to surprise everyone. The Ireland batsman who gave up an international career in preference for club cricket has now stepped down from Premiership cricket to sign a two-year deal with Section One Muckamore.

Last year's North Down captain will fulfil a dual role, as an all-rounder still at the top of his game and the new club development's officer with the long-term ambition of setting up an Academy at the thriving club.

"It was perfect timing when Muckamore approached me because I had given up the captaincy to Martin Moreland and I hadn't decided whether I was staying at Comber or moving somewhere else," said Haire, "but this is a perfect fit for me because as a club they probably are where North Down were 10 years ago, a growing club, with lots of members and young guys coming through. And that's right up my street because our aim is to get straight back into the Premier League and then stay there in year two and if they don't do it, there is a Plan B and we'll see what happens then.

"Muckamore have a signed a good professional (Avodhoot Dandekar, who hit 199 in one innings for Cliftonville last year), have a few senior guys and a lot of younger guys who just need that little cutting edge and along with the pro and coach (former Ireland international Uel Graham) we hope to turn them into senior players."

Haire is the third North Down player to leave for a new club already this winter, with James Cameron-Dow moving to CIYMS and Johnny Terrett returning to Cliftonville.

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