There was great news earlier this week when Balbriggan announced that Andre Botha would be returning to Irish shores to take up a dual coaching role with the Fingal club.

CricketEurope caught up with him to find out how the opportunity arose.

"It all came about when Ireland A toured here in South Africa earlier this year," said Botha.

"I spoke to Pete Johnston and Albert van der Merwe expressing my interest in making the move back to Ireland. Anyway, word obviously got out and I spoke to a couple of clubs.

"I was very impressed with what Balbriggan has to offer in regards to their goals and ambitions for the future.

"After a lot of consideration my wife Yvonne and myself felt it is the right decision to be part of a club that has clear plans to grow which falls in line with my plans to grow further as a coach and hopefully reestablish myself and give back to Ireland which I owe a lot too.

(Andre Botha batting for Ireland at Clontarf in 2008)

"I am really looking forward to join Balbriggan on their journey and I hope I can make a positive impact in the club."

Andre had coaching roles not only in his native South Africa but also with Associate country Malawi.

"It was also very hard to tell Malawi that I'm moving back to Ireland. I had a fantastic time over there and learned so much in my time with them.

"I want to thank them for understanding that we made a business decision for us and our future."

The appointment of Botha is a real positive development for Balbriggan who have emerged in recent years as a club with real potential to join the powerhouses of Leinster cricket.