David Delany is hoping to join the Northern Knights for the 2019 interprovincial season.
The 21 year-old played just four times for Leinster Lightning during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but also featured in eight T20 matches for Munster Reds, which was ideal for the paceman in gaining more experience and opportunities that were limited in Leinster at the time given their playing depth.
Delany is highly regarded in Irish cricketing circles, and on his day has the capacity to be one of the most dynamic cricketers in the country.
His club captain Joe Morrissey said of Delany last season after a five-wicket haul had helped Clontarf beat Merrion: “David is special. He doesn’t always get it right every time, but when he does he destroys teams.”
That was shown to great effect on his Leinster debut on his home ground at Castle Avenue in 2017, when his new-ball burst of 4 for 31 helped Lightning beat Northern Knights on their way to clinching the Championship title.
He played seven times for Ireland Wolves in their series against Bangladesh A last August, and his 2 for 15 in one of their wins prompted Head Coach Graham Ford to include him in the senior squad for their T20I series against Afghanistan.
Delany is currently studying for a Science Degree at Maynooth and he admits that his education is his number one focus at present.
"Being in my 3rd year out of 4, the additional requirements from university have prompted me to prioritise my work over cricket this year.
“I would love to be available for all matches but unfortunately this is not feasible throughout the academic year. Winning a contract with Cricket Ireland at some stage is my main goal but understand that with limited resources, not everyone can be contracted.
“When my studies finish at the end of May, I will be working hard to continue improving and catch the attention of the selectors’ again.”
On his move North, Delany is relishing the opportunity to make an impact at his new province.
"I am really looking forward to the new challenges the Northern Knights holds. Hopefully with strong performances i will be involved again with the Ireland team throughout the summer.”