Oxford City Stars have swooped to sign Australian forward Xander Wardlaw.
The 22-year-old import has joined the Stars from Sydney Bears for his first season in the UK.
Wardlaw scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Bears last season.
He previously played for Penrith Raptors where he scored 25 goals in 29 appearances across two seasons, plus Sydney Wolf Pack where he scored 13 goals in 15 matches. He also regularly represented Australia U20.
Wardlaw said: “I can’t wait to get the season started at Oxford and to see what the city has to offer.
“I’ve been looking to take my game outside of Australia and Oxford has given me the right opportunity to showcase my game. I’m looking forward to being able to contribute offensively and I’m looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates."
Shane Moore, head of hockey operations at Oxford City Stars said: ”Xander is a great young player who's looking for his first step in British Hockey. He's keen to make an impact and I think we are lucky to be able to bring him here to Oxford.
“I’ve heard great things about his game and him personally, and I think he will fit right in with the club culture and team we are looking to ice this coming season. I’m looking forward to seeing how he adapts to the NIHL 1 and what he can do in the yellow jersey.”
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