Henry on Hockey - Holiday thoughts turn to hopes for the domestic season with Wimbledon

Looking ahead: We want to break into the top four of the MHL Premier Division

Looking ahead: We want to break into the top four of the MHL Premier Division

First published in Sport Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , England Hockey columnist

England international and Wimbledon hockey star Henry Weir may be on his hols, but he is still thinking about next season.

“I’m on holiday right now, but I’m sure I will return refreshed before the new domestic campaign begins in September, and we are quietly confident at Wimbledon that we will be challenging for honours once more this season.

Reaching the last four in the MHL Premier Division last year and therefore the play-offs again is our sole aim.

Anything can happen from there, and it’s exciting that the NOW: Pensions men’s finals weekend will be held at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, our new legacy venue on Olympic Park, rather than at Reading, where it always felt as though they have home advantage.

Our squad has been boosted by the recruitment of Ian Sloan, a young attacking midfielder who switched allegiances from Ireland to England before the last Olympics.

He will be hoping to nail down a place in time for the Rio Games.

England goalkeeper James Bailey has also joined the ranks, and he has already moved in with me and Alastair Brogdon.

I’m sure both players will be superb additions to the Wimbledon team and look forward to the domestic season.

But for now, I am enjoying the delights of Turkey, and making the most of my holiday – because there won’t be another chance to do so until after Rio 2016.

And, boosted by Commonwealth Games bronze, if all goes to plan we will be celebrating another podium finish then, too.

Perhaps even with a different colour medal...”

NOW: Pensions are one of the UK’s leading auto enrolment pension providers and the proud partner of England and Great Britain Men’s Hockey.

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