Swindon’s veteran netminder Stevie Lyle may reject chance with national squad
NETMINDER Stevie Lyle has hinted he may turn down the opportunity to represent his country despite being named in the Great Britain squad for the upcoming World Championships.
The Welshman is one of four netminders selected by new GB boss Doug Christiansen for the tournament in Lithuania in April, with the initial 35-man squad being cut to only 23 before the start of the event.
Lyle, along with forward Aaron Nell, the netminder was one of two Wildcats players yesterday named in Doug Christiansen’s first national squad yesterday.
Lyle first represented his country at the age of 15 and has gone on to earn over 60 caps before calling a halt to his GB career in recent years, but despite being offered the chance to pull on the red, white and blue once again the netminder is in two minds whether or not to accept the opportunity to come out of international retirement.
“They got in contact with me a couple of months ago because I retired really and they asked me if I would be interested,” he said. “I told them to stick my name down on the list because I didn’t mind being ‘on call’ if you like.
“They came back saying they wanted to take me and asked me if I was interested and things have been going back and forth like that to be honest. I’m still not sure but it’s not that I don’t want to go, more that there are other really good players there which they should really start bringing through.
“Hopefully they know what I’m capable of and maybe they are looking for a bit of experience but whether or not I go I don’t know, I will just have to see how the next few weeks go to be honest before I decide.
“It’s great, after retiring, to be asked come back into the picture.”
Lyle, who moved to the Wildcats in the summer, is also pleased for his club after the Link Centre side produced the only two second tier players in Christiansen’s squad after forward Aaron Nell was also called-up.
“It looks good for Swindon as a squad because we are coming from the EPL and it’s great me and Aaron have been picked to be in there,” he said. “I’m really pleased for the club.
“As a country we always do well for ourselves and work hard for what we get and it’s been an honour to represent them.”