Belfast Harlequins have pulled off a major coup by signing Ireland star Megan Frazer ahead of the new EY Irish Hockey League season.
The 29-year-old has moved from Ulster Elks where she had spent the last two seasons after returning from a professional contract in Germany.
Following a series of injuries, the 2018 World Cup silver medallist is now back to something approaching full fitness and hoping to nail down a place in the Ireland squad for next year's Olympics, which was a significant factor in her move.
Frazer explained: "Due to the Covid pandemic, there is nothing in the way of build up matches for Tokyo at the moment, so I felt it was important to be able to play at a high level against some of my international team mates in the IHL ahead of selection."
"I also talked to Pegasus about a possible move there, but I have opted for Quins because looking at the respective league positions from last season, it will be more of a challenge and that is something that I will relish."
Meanwhile, Mark Crooks has his sights firmly on bringing a third Irish Senior Cup winner's medal into the household with Cookstown as the Tyrone side prepare to face UCD in tomorrow's semi-final at Steelweld Park (2.30pm)
Back in 1987, Crooks' father Ken lifted the trophy when Cookstown scored what was a shock 4-0 win over Banbridge in the showpiece.
Cookstown are the odd team out in tomorrow's line-up as UCD, along with cup favourites Lisnagarvey and Glenanne - who meet in the second semi at Comber Road (3pm) - all play in the top flight EY Irish Hockey League.
However, Crooks believes his team are capable of creating an upset similar to the one his father played a part in all those years ago.
The 29-year-old striker said: "We have some close battles in the past, with each of us beating the other in relegation play-offs in the IHL so it should be another tight contest but it's one we believe we can win."