Sunday 15 December 2019

Sloan out to make mark

David Medcalf

Cookstown wonderkid Ian Sloan has been handed another chance to make his mark at senior international level with inclusion in the Irish squad for next week's INSEP 5 Nations in Paris.

The Ireland U-18 captain lasted only a few minutes on the pitch at the Four Nations event in Dublin earlier this summer before picking up a muscle strain.

But now Sloan has been recalled to face some top-class opposition in France, with Korea, Australia and Argentina all on the menu in the Paris event.

Coach Paul Revington has once more rung extensive changes in his squad, with seven players axed from the 18 who won the recent Champions Challenge in Lille.

With the European Championships on the horizon at the end of next month, the canny South African is keen to maintain stiff competition for places.

Among those rested on this occasion are Peter Blakeney and Gareth Watkins, who were both among the goals in Lille, as well as reliable defender Joe Brennan.

In their place, the pace of Timmy Cockram and Mitch Darling will be deployed in Paris, along with the penalty corner sharp-shooting experience of John Jermyn.

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