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Holcombe Ladies add to their list of international talent with signings of midfielder/forward Nicola White and defender Sam Quek

By Luke Cawdell
Sam Quek in action on the hockey pitch. Picture: Ady Kerry/England Hockey
Sam Quek in action on the hockey pitch. Picture: Ady Kerry/England Hockey

Holcombe Ladies have softened the blow from losing Irish captain Megan Frazer by signing two more England and GB internationals.

Ladies' coach Kevin Johnson admits Frazer will be “sorely missed” but is excited about Nicola White and Sam Quek joining the Premier Division newcomers.

White is a midfield/forward player with 127 combined caps for England and GB. She was a member of the London Olympic squad which clinched bronze and has had top-flight experience at Leicester. Defender Quek has 77 caps for England and GB and was last at Reading.

Johnson said: “We’re looking to kick on in the Premier Division and those two players were excited about what we are looking to do. They wanted to come and play for us.

“It’s our first year in the league and we want to make our mark. Over the summer we’ve been looking to retain players from last season and adding where we need to strengthen.

“We’re still in discussions with some of last season’s squad but Megan is returning to Ireland to study. She will be sorely missed and needed replacing.”

Johnson takes the England under-21 team to the European Championships in Belgium on Tuesday but will be heading there without Holcombe’s Lucy Wood.

The young forward was withdrawn after being selected for England’s Commonwealth Games squad.

Wood made her debut for England in an 8-0 win over Wales in the Investec London Cup on Wednesday.

She said: "It's an honour to make my debut here, the stadium and the support is amazing."

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