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New arrival: Megan Frazer will bolster the Elks ranks

New arrival: Megan Frazer will bolster the Elks ranks

Brian Little

New arrival: Megan Frazer will bolster the Elks ranks

The Ulster Elks are poised to pull off a major coup by signing Ireland women's hockey captain Megan Frazer.

The 23-year-old is understood to be returning home to continue her studies at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

The Elks have a long history of signing top class players on hockey scholarships and Frazer seems destined to become the latest.

Over the years they have captured current and former internationals from South Africa, India, France and most recently Canada.

The news will come as a disappointment to Frazer's former club Ballymoney who were hoping to have first call on her services.

But the north Antrim club are resigned to the fact she won't be playing for them next season.

"Ironically Megan is due to present the prizes at our Annual Dinner next week but she has informed us of her intention to join the Elks," said 'Money manager Liz Greer.

"But we totally understand her decision because she has to look after herself and her future career at the end of the day so her intended move makes sense."

Frazer spent last season playing for English Conference side Holcombe and she finished as the club's top goal scorer.

In her last game, she hit a hat-trick in the play-off win over Brooklands which earned the Kent outfit promotion into the Premier Division.

At international level she was named player-of-the-tournament at the recent Champions Challenge tournament in which Ireland finished as runners up.

The Londonderry woman took over the captaincy from her fellow Ulster woman Alex Speers and will retain the armband for the summer international series which will see Ireland playing a total of 17 test matches, starting later this month.

Frazer is noted primarily for her ability in front of goal but national coach Darren Smith has moulded her into a deep lying midfielder, a role she performed brilliantly at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow.

Belfast Telegraph