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Scots ring the changes for January tests against Spain

Scotland Men will face up to their first international outing of 2011 with a challenging double header of test matches away to Spain on 21-22 January in Cadiz.
Head Coach Russell Garcia names a squad that takes on a very different look from the group of sixteen players which travelled to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games. A combination of retirements, suspensions and unavailability results in several changes to the squad.

Scotland Men will face up to their first international outing of 2011 with a challenging double header of test matches away to Spain on 21-22 January in Cadiz.
Head Coach Russell Garcia names a squad that takes on a very different look from the group of sixteen players which travelled to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games. A combination of retirements, suspensions and unavailability results in several changes to the squad.
Veteran midfielders Mark Ralph and Vishal Marwaha have retired from senior international hockey following the Commonwealth Games. Niall Stott, Stephen Dick, Derek Salmond and Cameron Fraser all serve a two match suspension for failing to adhere to the senior men’s performance programme and returning to club action before the agreed rest period ended following intense competition in Delhi
Experienced goalkeeper Ali McGregor has pulled out of the squad due to work commitments and is unavailable to travel, whilst striker Kenny Bain will be staying in Holland with Dutch side HDM. Former club team-mate and U21 International Josh Cairns steps in to add to his three senior caps following a prolific period in front of goal for Glynhill Hotel Kelburne in 2010.
New caps Steven Percy of Western Wildcats and Tom Merchant also come into the side. Merchant joins Surbiton team-mates Chris Grassick and Allan Dick for the trip.
Commenting on his call up to the senior squad, Percy said, “I’m delighted to have been called into the squad for the trip to Spain. I’ve been playing well for Wildcats this season and working hard on my game, so it’s great that Russell and the other coaches have seen the potential in my game. The target for me is obviously to play well in Spain, and then look to retain my place in the squad looking forward.”
Meanwhile, Inverleith duo Wei Adams and Adam Mackenzie are drafted in, while Russell Anderson and Callum Milne also have the opportunity to add to their international cap tallies for Scotland following Garcia’s squad selection.
Spain currently sits fifth in the current FIH world rankings, so this will be a real opportunity for Scotland to gain more experience against a top ten international side. A number of the Kelburne contingent in the Scotland squad will come face to face with familiar foes in the form of the RC Polo de Barcelona players, who they faced up to in the recent European Hockey League encounter. An encouraging draw in Terressa will give the Scots hope that they can compete with the Spaniards.
Jamie Cachia, Ross Stott (both Bowden HC), Adam MacKenzie (Inverleith), Callum Milne (Grange), Iain Scholefield, Michael Bremner, Gareth Hall, Josh Cairns, Chris Nelson, William Marshall (all Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Allan Dick, Chris Grassick, Tom Merchant (all Surbiton), Steven Percy (Western Wildcats), Graham Moodie (Edinburgh University), Wei Adams (Hillhead), Russell Anderson (Brooklands)

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