Boyd Rankin has joined Lisburn for the 2020 season.
The 35 year-old's signing is a major coup for the Wallace Park side and a real statement of intent by the NCU side.
"I'm very excited to have signed for Lisburn this year," Rankin told CricketEurope.
"I'm certainly looking forward to be playing in the NCU this season, but thatís obviously dependent on how things pan out over the next few months given the ongoing situation."
A strong family connection at Lisburn persuaded Rankin who has taken 229 wickets in 153 games for Ireland to make the switch.
"I thought it was the right time to play some cricket back in Northern Ireland again. My brother Robert plays there and thatís how the opportunity came about. Itíll be great to play alongside him again if he plays, having missed a good chunk last season with work commitments.
"I know quite a few of the Lisburn lads through him so there should be no problem settling."
Rankin started his career in the NW with boyhood club Bready, but hasn't played for them since 2006.
"Itís been a long time since Iíve played club cricket in Ireland, it must be 14 years or so. I watched them play against Bready last year and they have a good side.
"They have signed a few players and have a fairly young squad so Iíd hope to bring some experience to their ranks. Thereís no reason why they canít be pushing for some honours. "
Whether Rankin gets to step onto the Wallace Park turf remains in doubt, and he acknowledges it mightn't happen at all.
"Iím not sure just how many matches it will involve as everything is up in the air at the minute with regard to not just domestic cricket, but also the interprovincials and internationals.
"It would be great if I could get on the field for them and itís a new challenge that Iím very much relishing."