Beeston stars eye lucrative Hockey India League
BEESTON'S star players will be eager to play in the lucrative Hockey India League next year, says boss Graham Griffiths.
The inaugural Hockey India League has just finished – and only one English player played in it.
That was East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson and he won it with the Ranchi Rhinos, pocketing a share of around £300,000 in prize money.
Bees players like Harry Martin, George Pinner and Adam Dixon are all international team-mates with Jackson.
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And Griffiths thinks they will all be queuing up to go out there now. Martin is especially likely to have a lot of Indian teams chasing him, because he is considered to be one of the most promising young English players.
He played alongside Jackson for Great Britain at the London Olympics before joining Beeston and was then shortlisted for the International Young Player of the Year at the end of last year.
"I think a lot of people were looking to see how he (Jackson) would get on – and if the league would be a success," said Griffiths. "He's done well out there and earned a lot of money and I think that league will go from strength to strength now.
"I won't be surprised to see several England players out there next year.
"I know a lot of my players would love to be out there playing in it. It's played in the middle of our winter, it's nice and warm over there and they would get to play against some of the best players – and then there's the money.
"They pay to play for us so being paid a lot of money would be different to being chased by me for a tenner in subs!"