Black Sticks star Simon Child (left) has been in the national squad since he was 16 years old.
Black Sticks star Simon Child (left) has been in the national squad since he was 16 years old.
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It’s been almost a year since he played for the Black Sticks, but ace striker Simon Child is set to get back in action at the Oceania Cup at the end of the month.

The 25-year-old last represented his country at the Champions Trophy in December 2012 and played in the Hero Hockey India League and for European club Rotterdam earlier this year before deciding to take a break from the national squad.

If he is named in the Black Sticks team of 18 players, Child will go up against Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Stratford from 30 October - 3 November.

Having been in the National Squad since he was 16 years old, Child felt some time away from the game would help him refresh physically and mentally ahead of a huge year of competition in 2014.

“It’s been a while, it certainly doesn’t feel like a year but I’m looking forward to playing again and it’s been nice to be back in the team environment and see some of the new guys who have been selected,” he said.

“It’s always important to have a bit of a break and take a back seat, after a while playing all the time can catch up with you. 

“To be able to have a break and a mental refresher more than anything has been nice. I think anyone who wants to prolong their career needs a break here and there.”

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Source: Hockey New Zealand website