Kookaburras mid-fielder Matthew Swann believes that Dabang Mumbai can surprise other teams in the third season of HIL. Dabang Mumbai is the new team launched in Hockey India League from 2015 edition. Matthew Swann was sold to Dabang Mumbai in the auction for 78,000 dollars.
Matthew Swann had played the first edition of Hockey India League in 2013 for Mumbai Magicians and how he’ll be representing Dabang Mumbai in the league. He said team has capabilities to surprise other teams in the tournament and in fact squad has some classical players those can lead team towards the HIL 2015 trophy.
Swann said, “This will be my second appearance in the HIL and I am very excited for it. The league will provide me with a priceless opportunity to play alongside some of the best hockey players of the world like Tom Boon, who is currently the most complete hockey player and the young Harmanpreet Singh, who has been doing wonders in the Indian junior team recently.”
“Also the team has the experience of Glen Turner, Nick Catlin, Floris Evers, Arjun Halappa, David Harte to name a few which will add the much-required strength to our entire line-up,” he added.
“We have names to which the world of hockey reckons with and I am sure we will create the much-required upset,” concluded Swann, who played crucial role in Australia’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2010.
The third edition of Hockey India League will be held from 22 January to 22 February 2015. Dabang Mumbai will play their first game of league against Jaypee Punjab Mumbai on 23rd January.