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Harleston Magpies return for former England Hockey youth international Carl Sitch

After a number of years away, Carl Sitch has returned to Harleston Magpies.

The former England youth international initially left ‘The Nest’ to begin his studies at Loughborough University, while the last seven years have been spent turning out for London-based Teddington Hockey Club.

However, having moved back to the area, the Needham-raised midfielder is delighted to have rejoined his boyhood club.

Harleston Magpies Indoor team, 2016, including Carl Sitch (second right bottom row)
Harleston Magpies Indoor team, 2016, including Carl Sitch (second right bottom row)

“It has been really good at Teddington, it’s a nice club with a real family environment,” said Sitch, who will link up with elder brother Leigh as part of the Men’s first team.

“Teddington is the oldest hockey club in the world so it was a real honour to play for them.

“But no disrespect to any other club, it’s just I’ve always wanted to come back and play for Magpies at some stage – even if it was the veterans team.

“I love the atmosphere at the club and it has always felt like home.”

Following a difficult first few months in the Men’s Conference East, Magpies I racked up some good results and were finishing the 2019/20 campaign in impressive fashion prior to Covid-19 forcing an early end to proceedings.

And Sitch, who has played indoor hockey for the club in recent years, is confident a good season lies ahead.

“It can be a little bit difficult to judge at the moment,” he added.

“Because Covid is still rife, some of the procedures that are in place have upset some of the pre-season preparations, but that will be the same for every club.

“But from what I have seen so far things look good. There is a nice mix of youth and experience in the squad.

“It might sound biased, but Magpies is one of the best in the country at producing players. I don’t know how they manage it sometimes when you look at the location and sheer number of players compared to other clubs.

“But we have plenty of exciting players because of it and hopefully it will be a good season.”

Magpies begin their season a week on Sunday with the visit of West Herts (2pm).

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