Surbiton Hockey Club today makes its first announcement of the summer with the signing of GB and England international Luke Taylor.

Taylor (age 22) 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, Taylor signed prior to the Lee Valley victory, and joins from Loughborough Students Hockey Club ahead of the 2017-18 season.

A talented defender and drag flick specialist, Luke played for England at the U21 Junior World Cup in 2013.  He won a European Championships U21 bronze medal with England in 2014.  In October 2015, Luke captained GB U21s to success in the Sultan of Johor Cup, Malaysia, finishing as the competition’s top-scorer.  He subsequently represented England and Great Britain at U23 level and was promoted into the GB senior centralised programme in January 2017.

A student at Whitgift School before joining Loughborough, Taylor commented:  “I am very excited about the prospect of working alongside Mark Pearn and Matt Jones again and with such a young and talented team that aren’t just looking to do big things domestically but also in Europe.  Surbiton’s ambition is clear and for me, training and playing in such a warm family club environment is the perfect foundation to not only enjoy my hockey but develop and improve.

Mark Pearn, Head Coach of Surbiton HC’s Men’s section commented:  “I am delighted that Luke has decided to join Surbiton HC at what is a very exciting time for the club.  I have known Luke for many years since giving him his debut for East Grinstead as a promising 15 year-old with massive potential and I am looking forward to working with him again.  Luke has developed into a powerful defender with an outstanding range of passes and his penalty corner threat will add another dimension to our attacking play.