PEMBROKE

  • Captain: Fiachra Tucker
  • Overseas Pro: Shaheen Khan
  • Players in: Barry McCarthy, Robin Kelly, Dane Heverin (Dandenong CC, Melbourne)
  • Players out: Sanil Gupta (DUCC for LSC)
  • Young players to watch: Scott Ruttle and Gavin Hoey

Pembroke go into the 2019 season full of optimism, and rightly so boosted by the acquisition of a top-class professional, and the return of Barry McCarthy from Durham.

Shaheen Khan showed his all-round quality during his stint at Waringstown and he'll fit right in at Sydney Parade.

Former Irish youth international Robin Kelly returns, while Australian Dane Heverin comes in, having played with Theo Lawson in the second and third grades at Dandenong in Melbourne.

They will be without Lorcan Tucker and Sanil Gupta for the first part of the season due to their Dublin University commitments.

Fiachra Tucker is the man entrusted with the skipper's armband and he's relishing the start of the new campaign.

"Our squad has been boosted this season by the return of Barry McCarthy from Durham. Barry will obviously impact the team on the pitch, but importantly gives us another experienced head to guide our young players coming through which will be a massive bonus to us.

"We are delighted to have Shaheen Khan joining us this season as our overseas professional. Shaheen has obviously been instrumental to the success of Waringstown over the last few years. We have been at the receiving end of his destructive performances in past years and hopefully he can continue his dominating form with Pembroke this season.

"The depth in players we have this season is as strong as I have ever played with in Pembroke with four internationals and various others who have played in Wolves/ under age international squads along with exciting young talent coming through which is great to be a part of.

"We are hungry to compete in all competitions this season and hopefully bring home some silverware come the end of the season."

The club have a nice blend of youth, experience and quality. If they can hit the ground running, there could be some welcome silverware on view this year.