CIYMS have confirmed the signing of Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy.
The 21 year-old is a former Irish U19 international who has been a regular at interprovincial level for the NW Warriors since his debut in 2016, the day before his 17th birthday.
He was the Player of the Tournament at the 2017 Under 19 World Cup qualifiers where his haul of 17 wickets helped Ireland qualify for the finals in New Zealand.
At interprovincial level he averages 20 with the bat and 21 with the ball in his 29 appearances to date, with two half centuries against the Northern Knights and a best bowling display of 3 for 15 against Leinster Lightning the highlights.
A 'leftie' with both bat and ball, he becomes the latest player from the region to join the Belmont club, following in the footsteps of Chris Dougherty, Johnny Thompson, Stevie Clarke, Trevor Britton and Ryan Hunter.
CIYMS captain Nigel Jones, who was his assistant coach at Ireland U19's is delighted that a player of his calibre is moving to the club.
“We are delighted and very fortunate that Graham has decided to join us for the 2021 season ," Jones told CricketEurope.
"We look forward to supporting him further with his cricket ambitions.
"There is no question that his cricket ability speaks volumes and I’ve no doubt that GK will enjoy the challenges and opportunities that come with playing for CIYMS.”
(Nigel Jones, Ryan Eagleson and Graham Kennedy)
One of those opportunities, Covid permitting, will be a trip to Spain to play in the European Champions League in April.
Kennedy becomes the latest high profile departure from the NW, with fellow Warrior Graham Hume moving from Coleraine to Waringstown in October.
Craig Young (North Down), Stuart Thompson (CSNI), Boyd Rankin (Lisburn) and Graeme McCarter (Carrickfergus) will also be playing in the NCU in 2021, helping improve the standard further, while weakening the NW leagues further.
The implications for the NW Warriors are clear, with a change in ethos likely if they hope to be competitive in 2021, although they may decide on a locals only policy to stave off any further switches.