One of the most talented players to have lined up for Great Britain and England, three-time Olympian Ashley Jackson will return to International Hockey.
Jackson debuted when he was 19.His last appearance was at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Jackson has played 234 times in total for England and Great Britain and made his debut aged 19.
He formed part of the team which won Eurohockey gold in 2009 and also claimed Commonwealth games bronze in 2014.
On an individual level, Jackson – who plays for East Grinstead – has twice been named in the World All Stars team and was named World Young Player of the Year in 2009.
He has also had plenty of success in club hockey too, playing a major part in the continued dominance of the Jaffa Super 6s trophy while also playing a key role for Ranchi Rhinos as they won the inaugural Hockey India League back in 2013.
During his time away he has also featured for the Basingstoke Bison ice hockey team.
Jackson will be back in training with the GB squad in the coming weeks after returning home from a successful season in the Netherlands playing for HGC, while he also featured for Old Georgians.
He will be in contention for selection for our final two FIH Pro League matches of the season against the Netherlands and New Zealand.
“I am excited to be back and to continue my hockey on the international stage. I’d like to thank everyone at HGC that has made this possible for me.
I’d also like to thank Danny [Kerry] for inspiring and motivating me, I can’t wait to get back with the group and enjoy my hockey at the highest level once again.” Ashley said.
“We’re looking forward to having Ash’s experience, knowledge and skills within the programme. His inclusion further increases the depth within our squad and we look forward to working with him over the coming months ahead.” Men’s Head Coach Danny Kerry said.
Jackson’s return comes at an exciting time for men’s hockey in Great Britain, with the international side currently sitting fourth in the FIH Pro League table and hoping to qualify for the Grand Final in The Netherlands at the end of June.
His return will offer yet another option for Danny Kerry to pick from as he continues to use his wider squad, with 27 players having already featured in the league as preparations continue towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier which will be held towards the end of this year.
GB have particularly sparkled in attack during the FIH Pro League so far, scoring 21 times in total, and Jackson’s abilities both from open play and set pieces will only add to their threat going forward.
Jackson could make his first appearance since Rio 2016 when the men’s team team play the Netherlands at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Friday 14 June.