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Black Sticks midfielder Dave Kosoof (149 caps) has announced his retirement from the national team, ending a successful career spanning 9 years.

Kosoof (31) debuted for New Zealand in 2000. His career highlights include: Silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and competing at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008.

National Coach Shane McLeod recognised Kosoof’s contributions: “Dave’s always been a really active member of our side on and off the field and we will miss his involvement – Dave won’t be an easy player to replace.”

Asked about his retirement Dave said he was “excited and looking forward to the break from Hockey over the summer months”. Dave said he’s “been enjoying working for North Harbour Hockey as their Coach Force and Regional Development Officer for the past 3-4 months, however this full time commitment has made it difficult to train - spending 9am to 9pm most days down at the hockey turf.” As a result, Dave said he “just knew it was time.”

Kosoof will look to continue playing at the National Hockey League level and hopes to defend the title North Harbour won in last weeks 2009 competition held in Christchurch.

Source: Hockey New Zealand