Barry Chambers (CricketEurope)
Phoenix have pulled off a stunning coup with the signing of Irish international George Dockrell from Leinster on a long-term deal.
The 28 year-old has played 224 times at international level, where his haul of 288 wickets puts him third on the all-time list behind only Jimmy Boucher and Dermott Monteith.
(George Dockrell has 288 wickets for Ireland in 224 appearances)
He lost his full-time Ireland contract for 2021, and is hoping a move to pastures new will help reinvigorate his career.
“I’m delighted to join Phoenix and very excited for the season ahead," said Dockrell.
"It’s a club with ambitious plans and a strong history and I’m looking forward to trying to grow that even further.
"I’m excited for the opportunity to work with some of the talented youth and contribute to the success of the club on and off the field.
"I’d like to thank everyone at Leinster for all they’ve done for me over the years and I’m looking forward to a new challenge."
The move is a real statement of intent from Phoenix, who are making huge strides both on and off the field.
Their Director of Cricket, Stephen Moreton is clearly happy at securing the services of such a quality, proven performer at all levels.
"We are absolutely delighted to bring in someone of George's quality as a person, a leader and a player," Moreton told CricketEurope.
(George Dockrell has been a successful captain of Leinster Lightning for three years)
"He needs no introduction, and comes to us hungry and determined to write a new chapter in his career.
"Our ambition is to take the next step forward as a club, and to provide George with the opportunity and support to reclaim a regular spot in all formats for Ireland.
"What excites us most about George is his still burning ambition, and his vision to give back to the game in Ireland and share what he has learned and experienced in his remarkable journey so far.
"We are very optimistic about the direction we’re going and our young players in the club near senior squads like Aaron Cawley, Jamie Grassi and Theo Dempsey to name a few - and looking forward to the guidance that George will give them as we continue to build."