Hockey: Sarah back Quin
Belfast Harlequins have swooped to sign former Pegasus star Sarah Wilkinson in a declaration of intent ahead of the new season which starts on Saturday.
And the move is just what the doctor ordered as far as the Lisburn-based GP is concerned
Wilkinson's busy work commitments after completing her final medical exams forced her to reluctantly hang up her stick last October.
But having moved from the wards to general practice she now has more time on her hands to devote to hockey.
She explained: "I missed playing last season after initially enjoying the break but I still couldn't have given full commitment to Pegasus as they have a long season ahead with a trip to Europe in June.
"With Harlequins, I will be able to play even if I can't train twice a week with the rest of the girls when work commitments interfere.
"It's a great club and I knew quite a lot of the girls beforehand so I am really looking forward to the new season."
Wilkinson was back doing what she does last weekend as she got on the scoresheet for Quins on her debut at the Budweiser Cup pre-season tournament in Dublin.
Deramore hasn't exactly been a theatre of dreams in recent years but with Wilkinson on board and an extra All Ireland League place up for grabs next year all that could change.
Saturday's Winemark Ulster Shield Fixtures: Section A: Belfast Harlequins v North Down, Priorians v Randalstown; Section B: Ballymoney v Portadown, Knock v Lisnagarvey; Section C: Greenisland v Victorians, Omagh v Civil Service; Section D: Coleraine v Pegasus, Cookstown v Ards.