Jarred Barnes is relishing the switch to Rush, but admitted it was a huge call to leave YMCA, where he enjoyed such a productive 2018 season.

The tall opening bowler paid tribute to his former colleagues saying:

"I would just like to thank everyone at YMCA for making feel like part of the family. It is only because of the efforts of all my team mates, coaches and supporters that I was lucky enough to enjoy a successful season. I wish the club all the best for the 2019 season."

The decision to join Rush was a tough one, but the closeness of Kenure to his home in Dundalk was a major factor for Barnes.

"It was a big call to leave YM because of how fantastic the club was and how well I did playing with them, but it took me over an hour to get there everyday which really tired me out come the end of the season.

"I live near Dundalk so moving to a club closer to home just makes more sense and meant less time on the road.

"Rush seem like a great club with loads of young talent and I hope I can mix in well with them and really balance out the side.

"Hopefully we can have a great season with every club having a chance at success with the new format."