David Ames joins Premier League leaders Holcombe after 6 successful seasons at Beeston.
The revered Great Britain midfielder makes the move south to join the current domestic pace-setters after not participating in club hockey since the Rio Olympic Games.
“I am delighted to be joining Holcombe for the second half of the season.”
Speaking to the Holcombe HC website, Ames is excited for the second half of the season to get underway; “Having spent 6 great years at Beeston, I am delighted to be joining Holcombe for the second half of the season. I’m very much looking forward to the new year and hopefully doing my best to help keep Holcombe at the top of the table for the remainder of the season.”
Ames will join fellow Great Britain midfielder and Captain, Barry Middleton along with Iain Lewers, Dan Fox, George Pinner and Sam Ward as representatives from the 2016 Olympic Games currently plying their trade for the league leaders at Holcombe Park; a principle that Ames is keen to utilise when he gets settled in at the Kent side.
“It’s great to know a few of the guys from the International set up and hopefully that’ll help my interaction with the rest of the group. Holcombe is a very ambitious club with plenty of aspirations of its own and that was something which helped make the move a right one for me.”
Speaking about Holcombe’s mid-season acquisition, Chairman David South is excited for Ames’s contribution both on and off the field of play.
“Having someone of David’s ability joining Holcombe will be a big boost to the club. Passing on his experience to our home grown younger members of the squad will be a major plus to the overall development of the 1XI squad. David has very much bought into the overall ambitions of Holcombe and I am sure he will be a key part of our future going forward.”
Losing Barry Middleton and Iain Lewers to the Indian Premier League throughout February makes for a tough series of fixtures for Holcombe to open 2017, no doubt exacerbated by visits to third-placed Surbiton and second-placed (and two-time reigning Champions) Wimbledon.
The quality that will be added by the Cookstown native is therefore not lost on Holcombe 1st Team Coach, Julian Halls.
“The Men’s 1st XI is very pleased to welcome David to its squad for the start of 2017. He adds the precise quality both on and off of the pitch that we are looking for, and we look forward to our continual improvement as a group with David as a key member.”
As Holcombe look to return to the European Hockey League for the second consecutive year, there is no doubt that Ames will play an important role in solidifying their strong start to the 2016/17 campaign.
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