Merrion are set to sign not one but two New Zealanders for their 2020 campaign.

They have earmarked the Wellington pair of Jamie Gibson and Luke Georgeson to bolster the playing ranks at Angelsea Road.

26 year-old Gibson is a hard-hitting genuine all-rounder who bowls seam, and he will be their overseas professional.

Georgeson is an Irish passport holder who is in the Wellington A ranks and who represented New Zealand at the U19 World Cup in 2018.

He has a reputation as a solid top-order bat and a more than useful change bowler.

It is thought he has serious Irish career ambitions and is testing the waters with a first trip to Ireland for the summer.

New Zealand sources say he has the ability to be as good as any at his age group, and he possesses a superb cricketing brain and temperament.