Former Irish U19 internationals William McClintock and Aaron Gillespie are two of the five local players named by Head Coach Gary Wilson in his Warriors squad.

Out of favour Irish international Stuart Thompson, plus youngsters Kyle Magee and Varun Chopra complete the 17-man squad from which Wilson will choose his side for their opening clash against Munster Reds at the start of next month.

William McClintock

It's been almost two years since Donemana all-rounder McClintock played the last of his 24 games for the Warriors and is glad to be back under the new coaching regime.

"I think with a change up of coaches and having someone as experienced as Gary Wilson and William Porterfield involved can only mean positive things for the Warriors and North West cricket in general," McClintock told CricketEurope.

"For me itís been a long time since I was actually excited about the Warriors and the prospect of playing for them. However I am now genuinely  relishing the prospect of  pulling on a Warriors shirt and canít wait for the season to start.

"Hopefully if I can make an impact at training and we will take it from there.

"I feel as if this year with everything being the way it is there is a change for me to fully commit to every game so for me itís a big chance and one Iím willing to give a shot."

William McClintock of the NW Warriors

McClintock along with his twin brother Gary were two of Ireland U19s brightest stars during the 2016 World Cup.

The pair have won an incredible seven senior cup medals, and William captain the side to their latest senior cup last season by beating Brigade.

2021 WARRIORS SQUAD

  • Andy McBrine (capt) (Donemana)
  • Ross Allen (Brigade)
  • Varun Chopra (Coleraine)
  • Stephen Doheny (Merrion)
  • Shane Getkate (Instonians)
  • Aaron Gillespie (Strabane)
  • Graham Hume (Waringstown)
  • Graham Kennedy (CIYMS)
  • Kyle Magee (Brigade)
  • William McClintock (Donemana)
  • Nathan McGuire (Rush)
  • Conor Olphert (Bready)
  • William Porterfield (Formby)
  • Boyd Rankin (Lisburn)
  • Will Smale (Coleraine)
  • Stuart Thompson (CSNI)
  • Craig Young (North Down)