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Forbes quits internationals

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FORMER Oxted hockey star Ken Forbes has announced his retirement from international hockey.

The 34-year-old defender, who led Oxted to the National Conference East title in 2009 as player-coach, won ten caps for England and Great Britain after making his debut for England in 2011.

Forbes, who holds dual nationality, has also played international hockey for South Africa, competing at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2006.

However, the former Surbiton defender has now called time on his international hockey career, adding that he now hopes to do more hockey coaching and find a new club in Singapore, where he is currently working for Henderson Global Investors.

He said: "Playing hockey and more specifically playing international hockey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.

"Since 2001 it's been a pleasure to represent first South Africa and then England and Great Britain on the field of play.

"Playing for your country is a special achievement and one that I have always taken immense pride in. I'd like to thank my wife and family for the support given over many years. I'd also like to thank the coaches who invested time in developing me into an international player and my employers for the support over the last two years.

"Lastly I'd like to thank my team-mates who made the long journey so enjoyable."


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