Former Irish all-rounder Max Sorensen has confirmed he will be leaving The Hills, making the switch to league champions Merrion.

The 32 year-old is now living in South Dublin and his capture represents a major coup for the Anglesea Road club.

Sorensen spoke of his decision to move after 11 years at Milverton.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will be leaving The Hills Cricket Club. Circumstances in my life have changed and I feel it's time for a new and exciting challenge.

"I have been blessed with 11 amazing years at The Hills, where I have made friends for life, won plenty of trophies and had some of the best years possible. You will always remain in my heart.

"I hope that I have been a good and loyal servant to your club and that I played hard and gave you everything I could on and off the pitch. I want to wish all the Hills the best for 2019 and hope it's a great year with loads of success."

Sorensen helped the club to two Irish Senior Cup successes in 2012 against his new club, and in 2014 against Clontarf.

Merrion have yet to comment on his signing, but Sorensen is relishing the opportunity to showcase his undoubted talents at the champions.

One likely casualty of the move is Merrion's overseas player Poonish Mehta, who is believed to be interesting Phoenix.

While the loss of Sorensen is undoubtedly a major wrench to The Hills, they have identified two or three replacement targets to add to their earlier capture of Simi Singh last month.

Sorensen's move will possibly kick-start a cycle of moves over the coming months.