Irish Batsman Stirling Signs For Middlesex
Middlesex have signed Irish batsman Paul Stirling and the 19-year-old right-hander has signed a three-year contract with the club.
Stirling, who played during Ireland's narrow defeat to England in a One-Day International earlier this year, has played for Ireland at all youth levels and made his full international debut in 2008.
Stirling is centrally contracted to Ireland, meaning that Middlesex will only be able to pick him when Ireland are not in action and he will join former Ireland squad member Eoin Morgan at Lord's. Morgan, along with fellow Irishman Ed Joyce, now with Sussex, went on to represent England during his time at Middlesex.
"Paul has been involved with the Middlesex youth sides and Second XI and we are delighted that he has now signed a full time contract with the club," Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser commented.
"His batting for Ireland in 2009 highlighted his potential. Paul has a central contract with Cricket Ireland and we are happy that representing Ireland will be his priority for the time being."
Stirling has played six One-Day Internationals for Ireland and one Twenty20 International.
Middlesex have signed Adam Gilchrist to play Twenty20 cricket next year as well as bringing in left-arm spinner Tom Smith from Sussex, fellow opening batsman Scott Newman from Surrey and bowler Toby Roland-Jones and they have recently appointed Richard Scott as their new head coach.
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