Mantell still non-commital on his future
RICHARD Mantell will keep Reading waiting a little longer before finally deciding if he plans to quit playing for them at the end of the season.
He was among the scorers – with an outstanding penalty corner flick – when the Blues booked their place in the cup final at the expense of Brooklands MU at the weekend.
So will the clash with Canterbury at Lee Valley be his swan song?
“Could be – we will have to see, it’s a tricky one," he replied.
“There is quite a lot of travelling (from Lymington) to get up to the club for training and matches, and work is taking up a lot of my time.
"My two sons – they are two and four – are growing up quickly and it's hard to commit a lot of time at weekends to hockey.
"But equally, the club is doing a lot of good stuff in terms of looking to recruit and build a strong squad for next season, which is excit- ing, and if I can support that, I would be really keen to do that in some way
“So it is a bit up in the air at the moment. Maybe I will be out there again next season for some games, but we will see.”
Mantell added: “It’s nice to get into the final. We have a good track record in the cup, winning it a couple of years ago."
The final will also be Chris Davey’s last as Reading's team manager.
He said: “After 12 years looking after the group it is time for some fresh blood to be part of the next phase of Reading Hockey Club. I’ve had some wonderful times, great successes and fantastic European adventures.
“It has been a privilege to be part of a squad with so many great players over the years.”
The Berkshire club will be seeking to lift two trophies at Lee Valley on April 29, as they are also involved in the Over-50s final against holders Ben Rhydding.
Leader: Richard Mantell is a Reading legend