Irish international Simi Singh has decided he won't be joining The Hills from YMCA but has opted instead for a switch to Phoenix.

Singh had indicated last October that he would be moving to Milverton, but less than four months later is moving instead to Phoenix.

"Iím really delighted to join Phoenix CC as Iíve always enjoyed playing out in the Park and I think on a nice summers day thereís no better place for a game of cricket with all its surroundings and crowd," Simi told CricketEurope from Oman where he is part of the Ireland squad for the ongoing Quadrangular tournament.

No reason was given for the decision, but it appears that suitable accommodation in Skerries was a sticking point in the switch, prompting him to reconsider the move.

"Unfortunately it didnít work out with the Hills but Phoenix being so close to the Abbotstown National Sports Centre meant it was an easy decision to make for me as Iíll be living in the local area.

"I'm really looking forward to the start of the season and getting to know everyone at Phoenix, and working with the younger players at the club and share my experiences and hopefully help them improve their skills alongside the head coach Stephen Morton, whose appointment is again I think a very progressive step for Phoenix."

The move comes about after Shane Getkate, believed to be a target for Phoenix in a player/youth coach role, decided to remain at Instonians, prompting Phoenix to look elsewhere.

Phoenix announce the move on their Facebook Page with Director of Cricket Stephen Moreton saying: "When I agreed to join Phoenix at the end of 2018 - I don't think I, or anyone at the club could imagine we'd be going into the season with two of the most exciting current Irish internationals, at their peak - as part of our first team men's squad.

"It is a huge step forward for the club in many ways, that Simi has agreed to join us - he has been one of the leading domestic cricketers in all formats, with all of his disciplines for some time now - and it is a wonderful opportunity for the younger core of the club to look at Simi and James Shannon and see what it takes to play at the top level. I am excited about what Simi will bring to the team, and to the club in general - he provided so much to YMCA, and if he can replicate that at Phoenix it will be wonderful for the club."

Just what effect the move will have on the club scene in Leinster remains to be seen. The Hills have no doubt been dealt a serious blow in their preparations for the season ahead - their 50th in Leinster cricket.

Rumours are rife that it may be the catalyst for further moves, both in an out of Milverton.

It could well be a case of watch this space.