Strabane have wasted no time in replacing Ireland opening bowler Phil Eaglestone — by signing former North Down and CIYMS pace man Peter Connell.
While Eaglestone heads south to play in the NCU for the first time with Waringstown, Connell will make his debut in the North West with the Red Caps, a signing which confirms Strabane’s intention to remain competitive at the top end of the new Premier League table.
Like Eaglestone, Connell is trying to regain a regular place in the international side — both played for Ireland ‘A’ last year — although the latter inched ahead by returning to the senior side after an absence of 26 months, ironically in a game at his new home, Strabane Park, when he brought his tally to an impressive 107 wickets in just 58 internationals.
Connell was a member of the CI team which won the Ulster Bank Premier League last season.
“I am proud of the success we had last season and also in previous seasons with North Down.
“I hope to bring this winning attitude with me to Strabane CC and look forward to a successful 2013 with my new team-mates,” he added.
Strabane captain Tommy Barr said: “We are delighted to have signed someone of Peter's quality and experience. The club hopes he will be an asset both on the field and also with the under-age players in a coaching capacity.
“Peter is a big game player and has ambitions to continue his representative career and we hope he can do that through his performances at club level.”