Matthew McCord and Max Burton have left Premier League side Carrickfergus to join Cliftonville Academy.

Formed after a merger between Cliftonville and Academy in 2017, the club will be playing in Section One this season after winning the Section Two title in 2019.

Itís a return home for McCord who left to join Carrickfergus ahead of the 2018 season, where he helped the Middle Road side to two consecutive third-placed Premier League finishes and a first ever Irish Senior Cup quarter-final spot in 2019.

2018 was a breakthrough season for the fast bowler, picking up 27 wickets at an average of 23.07 while also contributing 207 runs down the order with a high score of 57 coming against Armagh.

It was that sort of form that earned him a First Class debut with the Northern Knights against the North West Warriors at Bready in July 2018 where he scored 46 in the seconds innings of a heavy defeat.