Interview: Brendan Barker

LRHC: First of all, Brendan, welcome to London RHC, how does it feel, after a whole life as a yellow and blue?

BB: Well not a whole life, as I have played with Paco D’Arcos and St Omer, but in the UK, I have never played for another club. Obviously, I will always be HBU, I will still be coaching with HBU, but we are unable to field a Premier League team at this time. I have never stopped playing, I keep fit and believe I have something to contribute and am now excited to be able to put this into reality!

LRHC: When did you realise that you’ll be a London RHC player?

BB: When the opportunity arose , honestly I was not sure, it was not something I had thought about or that it would be a possibility, but I think as soon as I started to think on it, it was already going through my mind can I make this work?

LRHC: What made you take this decision?

BB: Well, one was believing and thinking ‘have I got anything I can contribute?’ I think yes, though maybe not so many years, so if you’re going to try it must be now, and unless you try you will not know. But being in a team that will have commitment and being competitive for the title, I think I like the idea and know I can still cause some trouble out there! Let’s just see how much.

LRHC: Biggest factor to join London RHC?

BB: As above being competitive and fighting for titles!

LRHC: What can you add to the team? BB: A drive to win, something different, experience, assists and goals!

LRHC: Expectations for the next season?

BB: To see how it goes, work to fit in with the team and workout how I can be utilised in the most effective way, though I hope to give us another gear to use and push the top teams and maybe give some surprises.

LRHC: Expectations for the next season?

BB: To see how it goes, work to fit in with the team and workout how I can be utilised in the most effective way, though I hope to give us another gear to use and push the top teams and maybe give some surprises.

LRHC: During your long career as a hockey player you have won lots of titles and cups, London RHC is a young club who are yet to win a major trophy, is this your biggest motivation?

BB: To gain a title would be the ultimate and to be able to achieve this with London would be something, titles with 2 different clubs is something not a lot of people have achieved.

LRHC: You have passed the barrier of 40’s, do we still have Brendan for years?

BB: This I do not know, I stay fit and I still play in the same way, though you know I am certainly aware of some differences, I believe I can remain as strong and fit for certainly some more years and 45 I think would be good!

LRHC: Looking forward for your first practice and meeting your new teammates?

BB: I am interested to see how this will be, I have experienced different training styles in my career, though maybe being in the older age spectrum, teaching an old dog new tricks could be interesting, though I am sure we will get on and work hard together, players who have only known me as a rival, and am sure it will add to excitement and motivation of the team!

LRHC: Thanks for the interview Brendan, we wish you all the best, your success will be our success, feel free if you want to say something for our social media followers.

BB: Watch this space let’s see how much of trouble we can cause out there! Here come the Dragons!!