Fuchs ready to in­spire

The Hockey Paper - - HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE -

GER­MAN striker Florin Fuchs was al­ways go­ing to be the go-to man as Da­bang Mum­bai sought to over­come their in­dif­fer­ent record in past HIL sea­sons.

Bought for US$96,000 last year, Fuchs has the ad­di­tional bur­den of be­ing their new cap­tain. He has re­placed in­jured Aus­tralian Matthew Swann, who has opted out of the league ow­ing to a foot in­jury sus­tained last month.

The 25-year-old striker, the young­ster in the gold medal­win­ning Ger­many squad at the 2012 London Olympics, has quickly adapted to the role.

“I was the youngest in the 2012 side. Over the years, as I’ve taken re­spon­si­bil­ity higher up the pitch, the po­si­tion and mode of re­spon­si­bil­ity has also changed,” said Fuchs.

“Now, I know how to pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to the younger guys and help them ad­just to the team en­vi­ron­ment.”

“Swann was out­stand­ing last year. Miss­ing him will be a big loss to us, but we have top class play­ers like Rob­bert Kem­per­man and Em­manuel Stock­broekx to step in for him.”

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