Irish international Paul Stirling is relishing the prospect of playing the 2020 season at Comber.

The 29 year-old had no shortage of offers for his services, but has plumped for North Down and explained to CricketEurope why.

"Iím excited to be joining North Down, they have a great history and I have fond memories of playing there growing up."

Stirling, who opted for Ireland over Middlesex, and who was rewarded with the vice-captaincy last week, revealed that the emphasis at this level for him will be about enjoying himself as much as possible.

"Club cricket to me is having fun with your mates on and off the field and I feel that I can achieve that at The Green.

"With the lack of cricket so far this season, I suppose there is an added bonus that it provides more time in competitive matches.

"Iím not one to look too far ahead, especially after recent events, but it is nice to have a base here in Belfast and hopefully I can pass on my experiences to those at the club and the youngsters coming through at North Down."

Just how long the "Belfast Blaster' will be at Comber, and how many games he will play this season are still uncertain. He is due to play for Northants in the T20 Blast, which is believed to be starting in late August.

The NCU are yet to confirm the exact nature of the 2020 season. While the league - without promotion and relegation - is expected to be a seven match T20 affair, opinions are divided on whether the Senior Challenge Cup should be held.