Wales international, Ben Edge has announced his retirement from the sport. His decision comes on the back of a busy period for the men’s side; and saw Ben play his last international against Austria last summer.
Gaining his first Welsh cap against Egypt in 2007 during the Setenta Trophy, Edge draws the line under his career having proudly secured more than 50 caps for his country.
Reflecting fondly over his career, Edge told us he’s excited to now have time to run those full and half marathons he’s always planned on doing and why now was the best time to make this decision:
Better and younger players are now coming through the system which is excellent to see. It has been a privilege to wear the three feathers on many occasions but even better to know that the shirt is in better hands for the future. This decision enables me to concentrate on my job as Head of PE and Head of Hockey at Downside School and throw all my energy into this
Thanking Ben for his dedication towards his playing career to date, Head Coach for Wales men, Zak Jones shared:
Ben has been a superb servant to Wales Hockey over the best part of a decade and I would sincerely like to thank him for all the time, effort, enthusiasm and commitment he has put in over the years. I was fortunate enough to both play with and coach Ben and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him throughout his time in the programme. He should be very proud of his achievements and longevity. I’d like to wish him all the best for the future, both on the field and in his teaching career
Although calling time on his international career; hockey hasn’t seen the last of Edge! He’ll continue to play for his current club Team Bath Buccaneers; with a view to helping them become a premier league club in the near future.