Hockey: Grange starlet Hamish Imrie joins Beetson

Hamish Imrie, far right, on the attack against Inverleith earlier this season
Hamish Imrie, far right, on the attack against Inverleith earlier this season
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ONE of Scotland’s top young hockey stars, Hamish Imrie, has left Grange to join top English club Beeston.

The 18-year-old striker – a Great Britain Under-21 internationalist who is set to earn his sixth cap for Scotland this weekend – is under no illusions about the task ahead of him.

The former Fettes pupil faces opposition from England senior and under-21 internationalists to get into the Beeston side.

Three of his Scotland team-mates, however, are at the Nottingham-based outfit – Gordon McIntyre, Russell Anderson and Jamie Cachia.

Imrie has mixed feelings about moving from Grange, a club he has been with for eight seasons, but he said: “It’s sad to be leaving but I feel I have to move south to improve my game.

“It will be really tough 
getting a game but the standard of hockey at Beeston is really high.”

The move marks a remarkable comeback for the teenager, who had a year on the sidelines after a serious knee injury.

And the switch comes after Imrie had a sensational end to the season, earning his first Scotland cap and scoring, and winning the top scorers aware in a EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Dublin.