Pembroke have confirmed that Barry McCarthy is returning to the club following his release from Durham last year.

The Irish international spent four seasons with the English county, playing 20 matches and taking 63 wickets.

"Were delighted to have Barry McCarthy back in Dublin and available to play for Pembroke this summer," said a club spokesperson.

"Barrys primary focus at the moment is obviously returning to full fitness ahead of a busy and important international schedule for him. However, to have him returning to the club is another big boost as we know he is one of the best and most dangerous all-rounders in the country.

"Coupled with the signing of Shaheen, we now have two outstanding additions to our squad from last season in what is going to be a very exciting 2019 at Sydney Parade."

26 year-old McCarthy is rejoining his boyhood club, for whom he played 63 matches, taking 73 wickets at 25.02 and scoring 1535 runs at just under 30. (Source: Leinster Statszone).

Im very excited for the season ahead with the 'Broke," McCarthy told CricketEurope. "Having watched the club grow over the last number of years and seeing guys gain interpro and international honours its a really exciting time for the club.

"Getting back playing alongside my mates and guys Ive grown up with played a big part in my decision to stay at the club where it all began for me. I have a good feeling about this season and have no doubt that we will be targeting all forms of silverware in 2019.

Capped 30 times at senior level, McCarthy is back in Dublin recovering from a foot injury which forced him to leave the Ireland Wolves tour of Sri Lanka.

He is making good progress with the injury and hopes to be back in action with the senior set-up in Oman and India in the coming months, as well as representing Leinster Lightning in the interprovincial competitions.

"Im really looking forward to the season ahead with both Leinster Lightning and Ireland. Having been out of the interpro scene for a number of years Im relishing the opportunity to get involved this year with the Lightning.

"Im hoping for a very busy summer with both interpro and international cricket but my first priority at the moment is getting back to full fitness and hopefully playing a part in the upcoming series in February and March."