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By Ian Callender

Civil Service North have been the busiest NCU Premier League team in the transfer market this autumn and they are not finished yet.

Determined to enhance their coaching structure, they have reluctantly released prolific South African professional Andre Malan and although he will not be replaced by another overseas player, the club are targeting another high-profile name.

This one will be in addition to Ireland international Stuart Thompson, who has signed from Eglinton and is expected to take a leading role in helping bring through the youngsters at Stormont, and Emerging Northern Knight, Ross Adair, brother of international Mark, from Holywood.

Because of Thompson's international commitments - he could be involved in all three formats for Ireland next year - CSN do not know how many games that the North West Warrior will play next season but if he gets anywhere near the 16 that Ireland's T20 World Cup captain Gary Wilson played for the club last season then it will be a worthwhile signing.

Malan is sure to a be a huge loss both with bat and ball, having scored over 2,000 runs in his two seasons with the club and taken more than 80 wickets.

CSN have also lost Morgan Topping and Aaron Wright, who are returning to Waringstown next season. The Villagers, who will be captained by Lee Nelson, have also announced Shadley van Schalkwyk, the former Armagh professional, as their overseas star next year.

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