Phoenix have succeeded in persuading Irish international James Shannon to join them, beating off interest from at least four other clubs.

It represents a major coup for the Dublin club to persuade a player of Shannon's calibre to join them at Phoenix Park, and marks a major turnaround in their fortunes after they finished bottom of the Premier Division last season.

A change in league structures has granted them a reprieve, and despite the loss of the Anders brothers, the signing of Poonish Mehta as overseas player, coupled with the appointment of Stephen Moreton as Head Coach has given the club a tremendous boost.

Shannon has made 19 appearances for Ireland since his debut back in 2012, when he scored a half century against South Africa A.

11 of his 19 caps have come in the T20 format, with the 28 year-old hitting his top score of 60 against India at Malahide last year.

He was awarded a full contract with Ireland last year, and when it was renewed, he spoke of his potential move to the Leinster region to cut down on travelling to Ireland practice.

He is the current captain of the Northern Knights interprovincial side, but his move won't affect his ability to play for the NCU side as contracted players have the right to play for whichever province they want.