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Former Lisnagarvey ace Sean Murray to tackle world's best after dream move to Belgium

 

Sean Murray

Sean Murray has landed a dream move to Belgium - home of the reigning World and European champions.

The Ireland midfielder has signed a one-year deal with Leuven, having spent the last two seasons with Rotterdam in the notoriously tough Dutch top-flight.

The ex-Lisnagarvey player will team up with a host of other internationals, including Simon Gougnard, a World Cup winner with Belgium in India in 2018 when Murray also played on the big stage.

The 23-year-old should have few problems settling into his new environment as he will share an apartment with Dubliners Jamie Carr and Luke Madeley, who are in their second season with Leuven.

Murray said: "The transition will be easier having two familiar faces at the club and, as well as the shared accommodation, we will have the use of a car provided by the club to get us to and from training and matches.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rotterdam, on and off the hockey pitch as it is always good to experience a different culture.

"I am excited about this latest challenge, especially as the Belgian league is on a par with the one in the Netherlands which is generally regarded as the best in Europe.

"Belgian hockey has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, illustrated by the success of the national team and I am looking forward to being part of it.

"The style of hockey will be a little different from Holland and it may take some time to get used to but I believe it's a great move for me."  

Belfast Telegraph