JAMES Shannon, the Northern Knights captain, could be playing for Leinster Lightning next year if he accepts an approach by Malahide to make the move to north Dublin.

The bid for the 28-year old Ireland international, who has been at Instonians throughout his career, follows Malahide’s return to the Leinster Premier League as they aim to follow Leinster and Merrion, who have won back-to-back titles following their promotions from Division Two in the last two seasons.

YMCA and Merrion would also be interested in persuading Shannon to head south in what would be a devastating blow for Instonians — although with possible increased Ireland commitments, it is unsure for how many club games he will be available.

Shannon yesterday described any possible move as “just a lot of speculation at the moment”.

What is certain is that Shannon will be spending 11 days in Bangalore in December at a batting camp with seven of his Ireland team-mates.

The camp, to be supervised by head coach Graham Ford and batting coach Ben Smith, has been arranged to give the players practice in conditions they will face when they play Afghanistan in a nine-match series across all three formats, including their second Test match, in India in February and March.

Shannon will travel with William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, Stuart Poynter, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson and uncapped James McCollum and Harry Tector.

At the same time in La Manga, there will be a five-day bowling and wicket-keeping camp to be attended by Peter Chase, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Josh Little, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Neil Rock and Lorcan Tucker.