Freddie answers Wales call

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FREDDIE Campbell is celebrating his first call-up to the Wales Under-21 hockey squad.

The 18-year-old Horsham star will join up with his new team-mates for the first time for training next month after getting the nod in December.

“The competition is really fierce so to get the call-up is fantastic and a big step up,” Freddie said. “I’m delighted to get into the squad and now I’m looking to do enough to hopefully get into the team.”

Freddie has enjoyed a fine season for the Welsh Under-18s, who finished joint second in the Four Nations behind Ireland and at club level has played his part in one of the best seasons in Horsham’s history.

He said: “It’s been a great season, a really good effort by Horsham and hopefully we’ll go on and gain promotion this year although that’s still in the balance.

“There’s been a definite rise in standard this year, the coaching has improved and the fact that everyone’s a bit more serious has helped I think.”

This season, which ends with a trip to Worthing this Saturday, could be Freddie’s last however for Horsham with him going to Bath University in the summer.

The former Collyers student has been part of the Wales set up since Under-14s, helping to win the prestigious UK School Games in 2009.