It's been a busy close season for the Lisburn side who are looking to build on their survival in the Premiership last time out.

They have no fewer than SIX new recruits who will give the Wallace Park a real chance to not only compete, but seriously challenge the 'big boys' of the top flight.

Boyd Rankin was the headline signing, but just how much a role he will have with his representative commitments remains to be seen.

Also joining are two players from Instonians, with highly rated Irish passport holding South African Josh Manley and Matthew Humphreys, an Ireland U17 spinning allrounder from who was named the NCU young player of the year 2018.

(Lisburn side who won Section One in 2018)

Manley's form saw him fast-tracked into the Ireland Academy side, and he has the potential to go all the way.

Another teenager making a switch is Luke Allison, another Ireland U17 all-rounder from Donacloney Mill.

Chris Burns, a highly talented opener and former captain of Bangor is there, as is Tom O’Connor, an Australian with Yorkshire Premier League experience, who is now living and working in Lisburn.

Robert Rankin will also be back after missing most of last season due to work commitments.

On the debit side, the only players not returning are former Irish international Reinhardt Strydom and overseas professional Faiz Fazal.

"Thankfully Lisburn is in a very healthy position both on and off the field," said a club spokesperson.

"Pre Covid we had entered a fourth Saturday team this season, however that will now be deferred until next year.

"We also have a thriving youth section of around 140 members, from minis to u15’s, have a new main sponsor in DPD, and have invested heavily in our ground.

"With the new recruits joining up with the core players already at the club, we had looked forward to competing in the full 2020 season.

"Of course that has changed and as it stands our star overseas player, Indian international Faiz Fazal, will not travel this year due to covid restrictions.

"Notwithstanding that, we will now focus on the revised schedule and hope to be competitive and successful at all levels.

"We look forward to watching and supporting all our new members and have also high hopes for Jonny Waite and Michael Glass, two more young players with real talent."

Lisburn start their campaign with a home tie against newly promoted Woodvale, followed by a tricky away day trip to champions CIYMS.

LISBURN FIXTURES

  • Lisburn v Woodvale (July 18)
  • CIYMS v Lisburn (July 25)
  • CSNI v Lisburn (August 1)
  • Waringstown v Lisburn (August 8)
  • Lisburn v Carrickfergus (August 15)
  • Lisburn v Instonians (August 22)
  • Lisburn v North Down (August 29)