Surbiton Hockey Club today make their second announcement of the summer with the signing of three international players who have joined the club ahead of the 2016 – 2017 season.
Harry Gibson, Rob Farrington and Arjan Drayton-Chana will join the Surbiton Men’s 1st XI squad that finished second in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division last season. These are the first signings since Mark Pearn joined in May as Head Coach of the Surbiton Men’s section.
Harry Gibson, a member of the current Great Britain squad training in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, joins from Premier Division side Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club. A talented goalkeeper, Gibson has won seven full international caps for England and Great Britain. He was a member of the Great Britain U21 side that won silver in the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia and bronze in the U21 European Championships with England, being named as the best goalkeeper in both tournaments. He was awarded the England Hockey Junior Performance Player of the Season for 2014/15 and was selected in the Premier League team of the year for 2015/16.
Rob Farrington and Arjan Drayton-Chana both join from Cannock Hockey Club.
A former student at Whitgift School and Loughborough University, Farrington represented Great Britain at U23 level in 2015. Farrington was a member of the Great Britain U21 side that won the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia last year and he represented England U21 in the 2013 Junior World Cup.
Having previously been at Repton School and played for Sheffield Hallam HC, Drayton-Chana has represented England at U21 level, most notably in the 2013 Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India.
Mark Pearn, Head Coach of Surbiton HC’s Men’s section commented: “I am delighted that Harry, Rob and Arjan have agreed to join Surbiton and that they are excited by what we are looking to achieve at the club next season and beyond. All three are quality young hockey players with great potential and their attributes will further enhance the strengths of the current squad.”