‘I will learn heaps playing alongside Jamie Dwyer’

...feels 22-year-old Chandigarh based Dharamveer Singh, who is in Jaypee Punjab Warriors' team for the Hockey India League

As the Punjab Warriors' team gathered ahead of their training session at the Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar, an eager looking Dharamveer Singh was waiting for Australian player Jamie Dwyer to take the field before him. Singh, who was picked up by the Punjab franchise for $52,000 in the Hockey India League auction in December last year, will form the forward line along with Dwyer during the league. Speaking with Sportline, Singh shared that training along players like Dwyer will help him raise the level of his game.

"It was our third training session in the last few days, the training atmosphere has been terrific for us. Our coach Barry Dancer is an experienced coach in Australia, using his expertise he took special care to get us involved in the training sessions right from the first day. He has emphasised on training in small intervals and his tactics are similar to Indian coach Michael Nobbs. I am sure that this experience with the Punjab Warriors' team will benefit my game," felt the former Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy trainee.

The Punjab Warriors' team sees the presence of players like three-time Olympic medalist Australian Jamie Dwyer, along with Australian defender Mark Knowles, Dutch goal-keeper Jaap Stockmann and also Australian mid-fielder Simon Orchard. The team will be playing its first match against Delhi Waveriders on January 14 and Singh forms the core of the forward line along with Dwyer and Gurmail Singh. Singh is of the view that playing in the Hockey India league format will help the Indian players adapt to the fast paced game which would assist in countering European players.

"Training along side a legend like Jamie means a huge thing for us. He has won three Olympic medals including a gold medal and he is still very athletic. On his day, he can give a lot of youngsters a run for their money. And same goes for a player like Knowles. His presence will lift our confidence a lot. Jamie spent some time with us and also inquired about Indian style of hockey. We will be playing our first game against Delhi Waveriders On January 14 and the team is prepared for that," shared Singh.

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