In one of the first transfers ahead of the 2019 season, wicketkeeper-batsman Jamie Magowan is on the verge of completing a move to North Down from Muckamore.

The Comber side will be adjusting to life without captain Marty Moreland next season, with the veteran spinner stepping down after 23 seasons on the first XI.

He has been replaced by Alistair Shields, who was in charge of the Twenty20 side over the past two seasons, with the team reaching the final twice, where they were beaten by Waringstown on both occasions.

Magowan scored 311 runs in the 2018 campaign, with a high score of 72* coming on The Mall against Armagh.

He is widely considered one of the best wicketkeepers in the NCU, and was a regular for the Northern Knights in 2017.

Magowan, who will be heading to Australia over the winter months, sat sixth on the wicketkeeping dismissal charts last season with 13 catches and four stumpings in 18 matches.

While excited about a new challenge, Magowan says he has a lot of great memories from his time at Moylena.

“Reflecting on my time at Muckamore is difficult because I have so many good memories with some great people at the club,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone at Muckamore and wish them all the best for the 2019 season.

“I am really looking forward to joining up with North Down as I feel it is the best place for me to improve my cricket, and hopefully help North Down improve as a team.”