German under-21 international will boost Horsham’s survival bid

Hockey South Premier Division 1: Horsham v Old Cranleighans. German under-21 international Nik Rieger making his debut,  Pic Steve Robards SR1704416 SUS-170603-123050001
Hockey South Premier Division 1: Horsham v Old Cranleighans. German under-21 international Nik Rieger making his debut, Pic Steve Robards SR1704416 SUS-170603-123050001

Horsham have secured the services of Nik Reiger for the remainder of the season.

A former German under-21 international and German Premier League player, Reiger, 24, had previously played his UK hockey at Bath Buccaneers and Cambridge University, where he studied for his master’s degree and won a blue.

He had his first outing in a Horsham shirt last summer in the president’s match and Horsham had hoped to sign him for the entire season.

Sadly he had to return to his native Germany, but he has now secured a job in the UK.

Accordingly he played for Horsham, in the centre of the midfield alongside fellow Bath graduate Freddie Campbell, in their 1-0 win over Old Cranleighans last Saturday, and should be available for the final four league matches.

The result, thanks to a Barney Knights-Johnson goal and heroics from goalkeeper Andy Isaacs, lifted Horsham out of the South Premier Division 1 relegation places.

Team manager Al Campbell is delighted with the signing of Reiger and hopes he will benefit the team in their remaining matches.

He said: ‘Nik is still some way from being match fit,’ he said, ‘but he has tremendous skills and is a real impact player who lifts the overall team performance.’