Following the announcement of the GB Future’s team, it has been revealed that one place in the final senior men’s roster is being kept open until after the tournament in Lille (18-20 June) with the intention of awarding that coveted spot to the most stand-out player in the ranks of the rising stars.
The Future’s team - which includes senior cap Justin Robinson - offers the selected players international experience and Head Coach Chris Finch recognises the potential this pool of young players has and how the senior team could benefit from the Future’s programme.
Finch said: “I am very excited to get the chance to work with all of these players and be able to evaluate their games and how they may be able to help the senior men's team.
“We are confident that some of these players are ready and have the potential to make the senior squad and we are also confident that there will be some pleasant surprises during the week as well.”
As a predominantly under-23 team the GB Future’s programme is a vital tool in bridging the gap between under-20 and senior,and in readying young players in preparation for Olympic Games to come, as part of the recently documented T16 strategy.
Finch continued: “The timing is perfect for the Future's programme. It's always been our policy to keep widening the net of players we wish to involve in the national team and we are now at the point where we have some really talented and potential-laden individuals.
“The Future’s is part of our Olympic development programme but many of these kids will make up the backbone of the national program well beyond 2012.”
At the Lille tournament the GB Future’s will take on France (18 June), Belgium (19 June) and Luxembourg (20 June) for the title.