North Down have pulled off a coup by swooping for Irish international Craig Young to spearhead their 2019 campaign.

The 28 year-old has opted to make the switch to reinvigorate his career, having been omitted from the Irish squad currently in India for the series against Afghanistan.

He has played 43 times for Ireland, taking 74 wickets at just over 25 apiece, but has fallen out of favour, not appearing since a T20 against The Netherlands last June.

ďItís always been a favourite place to bowl, offering pace and bounce itís probably the quickest wicket in the country," said Young of his move to The Green. 

"I want to have a go in the NCU and the best rhythm Iíve felt in has been when Iíve bowled at Comber so itís a no-brainer to make that my home ground.

"I want to put pressure on the guys in that Irish team because I want my spot back now Iím fully fit."

As an Ireland-contracted player, Young is able to choose which interprovincial side to represent, and he will continue to play for the NW Warriors, whom he helped win the three-day Championship last season, ending Leinster Lightning's domination of the competition.

Young also played a pivotal role as Bready won the NW Premiership crown for the first time in 2018, taking 30 wickets at just 14 each, which included his best-bowling return of 6-10 in their demolition of Donemana - a result which set the tone for the season. In addition he averaged 27 with the bat, which included three half-centuries.

He wished his former club all the best, and indicated he would keep a close eye on their fortunes.

"Of course, I'll follow Bready with a keen eye, there is plenty of talent in the club and I see no reason they canít go on and retain the league and go well in the cups too. But for now Iím just looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates in the next couple of weeks and getting stuck in.Ē

North Down skipper Ally Shields welcomed the signing, giving his team such much needed fire-power.

ďCraig can definitely gave us the x-factor weíve lacked with the new ball, and hopefully his experience will help the young seam bowlers in the team improve.

"Heíll get a great welcome at The Green where the locals will be looking forward to seeing him in action.Ē

North Down begin their Premier League season with a trip to Middle Road, Carrick on 27th April.