Lucy Wood is hoping to secure an athletes’ contract on the back of her Commonwealth Games success.
The 20-year-old won silver in Glasgow at the start of the month with the England women’s hockey team in Glasgow.
Wood, who lives in Horsham, is now aiming to secure either a full or part-time contract with England or Great Britain Hockey in the next few months.
She said: “We have two to three weeks now down time and recovery time. A lot of the squad are going away or having holidays before we come back on September 1.
“I am looking to get a full-time or part-time athletes contract now. Either a full-time one or part-time with England or Great Britain Hockey would be great.
“As I was brought in over the summer for the squad in the Investic Cup I had not been on a contract.
“The contract reviews are all coming up and the aim is to get onto one of them. I have no idea if I will, I am just having to wait, hope and see.”
Wood, who plays her club hockey for Holcombe in the National Conference East League, and her team-mates were just 11 seconds away from winning gold at the Games as they led favourites Australia 1-0 in the closing stages of the match.
But their opponents netted a late leveller before winning the shoot-out 3-1.
The long-term goal for Wood, who works at Horsham Pavilions, is to feature in Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
She said: “We have the Championship Trophy in Argentina in September , but after that the Olympics is the long-term aim.
“To represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Rio would be amazing, but I just have to keep training and play the best I can.”
Staff and customers at the Pavilions in the Park surprised Wood with a special reception as she returned to work last week.