Surbiton Hockey Club today makes its second announcement of the summer with the re-signing of England and GB international James Gall.
Gall (age 21) will join the Surbiton HC Men’s 1st team squad that was crowned Men’s Hockey League Premier Division Champions at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre, Olympic Park on Sunday 23rd April; having also won the National Indoor Super 6s Championships at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 29th January.
A member of the current Great Britain and England centralised squads, Gall signed prior to the Lee Valley victory, and joins from University of Nottingham Hockey Club ahead of the 2017-18 season. Whilst at university, Gall also briefly played for Beeston HC.
A gifted midfielder, Gall returns to the club he played for prior to going up to university. Having played for England at U16 and U18 level, he was a member of the England U21 squads at both the 2013 and 2016 Junior World Cups; as well as winning a bronze medal with England at the 2014 European U21 championships.
Winning his first senior cap for England versus South Africa in March 2017, Gall was promoted into the GB senior centralised programme and currently has a combined total of 10 senior caps for England and GB. Gall was a member of the GB squad that won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final in Ipoh, Malaysia on 6th May 2017 – the first time GB or England had won this title since 1994.
A student at Cranleigh School before joining Nottingham, Gall commented: “I’m incredibly excited about the potential of this young Surbiton side and really looking forward to joining up with the boys ahead of next season. However, my decision to re-join Surbiton goes way beyond the quality of the 1st team squad and I am very much looking forward to being a part of such a great, family orientated, club once again.”
Mark Pearn, Head Coach of Surbiton HC’s Men’s section commented: “It is great to see James returning to his home club next season and I cannot wait to see him link up with the talented group of players we have. James is exactly the type of attacking player we need to push this group forwards as we look to compete at the very highest level in Europe and retain our two National titles.”