William Porterfield will have an assistant coaching role with Warwickshire during this season's T20 Blast.

The former Irish captain played with the Bears for seven seasons, joining from Gloucestershire in October 2010 before being released at the end of 2017.

He and fellow NW colleague Boyd Rankin were an integral part of the County Championship winning side of 2012, and both also played in the Birmingham Bears' 2014 T20 victory.

(William Porterfield)

It's a fantastic opportunity for Porterfield, who turns 36 next month and is perhaps an indication of the future direction for the experienced campaigner, who has played 301 times for his country since his debut against Namibia in 2006.

It's a perfect fit for both with Porterfield a popular figure during his career at Edgbaston and he will help the incumbent coaching staff in a variety of roles, helping wherever needed.

The move has been brokered by ex-international Niall O'Brien who has been a busy man, having also secured deals last week for both Gareth Delany (Leicestershire) and Andrew Balbirnie (Glamorgan).

(William Porterfield and Niall O'Brien)

There's no doubt that the profile of Irish cricket has been elevated with the recent win over England showcasing the talents within the squad, and with O'Brien keen to promote Ireland players, then these may be just the start of a regular pipeline back into the county game.