Thursday 11 January 2007 

Northamptonshire Seal Double Signing

Northamptonshire have announced the signings of Irish wicket-keeper batsman Niall O'Brien and left-arm paceman David Lucas for 2007.

25 year-old O'Brien arrives from Kent and is set to take up a position as cover for first choice wicket-keeper Riki Wessels. O'Brien, who will become English-qualified later in 2007 has signed a one year contract.

Ex-Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire player Lucas has signed an initial contract for 3 months.

Head coach David Capel said:

"After much consideration and searching I am pleased that we have settled on selecting Niall.

"He has had valuable experience with both Kent and Ireland and will join our squad as soon as his World Cup commitments are finished with the Ireland team.

"David's left arm style of bowling will add the necessary variety to our squad of seam bowlers that we require.

"Providing things develop as expected he could fit well into our game plans, especially in the longer form of the game.''