Last week's North West AGM saw a number of changes approved by delegates, one of which was the announcement that Ian McGregor is set to take on an expanded coaching and talent development role in the Warriors set-up.

The former Limavady and Brigade batsman has been Head Coach of the Interprovincial side since 2015 and during his tenure, the Warriors have made considerable strides, including an Interprovincial Championship-winning campaign last year.

In addition to his Head Coach role, McGregor will now be tasked with bringing on the next generation of talent in the North West. This will include an extended Emerging Warriors programme and providing coaching support to the Regional Development Squads for both boys and girls teams.

Announcing the new position, Peter McCartney, NWCU General Manager, said he was delighted with the appointment.

“Over the last number of years, Ian has been fantastic not just in his Warriors role but also with the Ireland U19’s and Academy.

"The new expanded role will allow us to increase our coaching contact time, not just with our established Warriors players but also the Emerging squads.

"Ian will also offer support and guidance to our excellent coaches in the boys and girls Regional Development Squads.

"As a Union, we have a clear strategy to develop and provide opportunities to our homegrown talent and the expansion of Ian’s role will significantly add to our existing programmes.

"In the last two years we have completely overhauled our talent development programme and this appointment is a key milestone along the way. We have quality coaches and support staff throughout the system and we now have an environment that allows players to reach their representative and international ambitions right here in the Union.”

McGregor's role comes into effect immediately as he gears up for a senior trip to La Manga towards the end of the month as well as matches for the Emerging Warriors and the Derry and Tyrone Development Squads.