Man­tell still non-com­mi­tal on his fu­ture

The Hockey Paper - - MEN'S CUP - By Dave Wright

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

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