North West clubs have continued to rise from their winter slumber this week with several more players on the move, particularly in the Championship.

Ardmore will be warm favourites to bounce back to the Premier Division at the first time of asking and while Decker Curry hasn't yet confirmed that he will stay at the Bleachgreen for 2019, one player who is leaving is David Anthony.

The spin bowler fared reasonably well in his time with Gary Neely's men but he has opted to return to St Johnston ahead of the new campaign.

Ardmore however are believed to have an Irish passport-holding South African training with them at present and if he is as good as thought, and they add an overseas player, that will enhance their 'favourites' tag in the promotion race.

Burndennett have sent out a rallying cry as well; new skipper Mark Mooney has brought in 26-year old Salman Ahmad, an Indian-born pace bowler to spearhead their attack.

Former Newbuildings captain Marty Mehaffey has also joined the Tyrone club.

In the top flight, Coleraine are remaining tight-lipped about rumours that they have added a locally-based New Zealander to their senior squad.

Scott Campbell has started a new job that will see him miss part of the season with Stephen Hutchinson taking over the captain's armband.

Marcus Poskitt is likely to have substantial Ireland under-19 committments this summer but the return of Paul Douglas will offset any wicket-keeping dilemma for the former champions.

Much could depend on the availability of the Chopra brothers- Rishi and Varun who have extensive work and study committments respectively.

Newly-promoted Ballyspallen say they are hopeful of having a couple of new faces at training in the coming weeks while Dean Mehaffey is expected to join Donemana.