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Nell determined to realise GB dream with Wildcats
WILDCATS skipper Aaron Nell has hinted he would not be tempted to return to Britain’s top league to improve his chances of national selection.
The former Coventry forward attended a two-day Great Britain training camp last week with a view to making the full squad for final Olympic qualifiers next month, but was only handed a reserve spot by head coach Tony Hand.
Just one EPL player in the form of Basingstoke’s Greg Owen made the final cut, with the rest coming from the EIHL or foreign leagues.
However, Nell, the leading points scorer in the EPL, feels he would not be out of place in the GB setup if Hand gave him the opportunity at a later date.
“Obviously I would have liked to have got picked, but it was a great experience and it was good to see what you have to do to make that team,” he said. “I had a little chat with the coach and he told me a few things. I will keep working hard and hopefully my time will come one day.
“(Playing in the EPL rather than the EIHL) will make it tougher, but there is an EPL player in there so I feel if I got given a chance I’d be good enough. Yes, it would help playing in the Elite League but as long as I’m working hard at this level, I can still improve.”
Swindon head coach Ryan Aldridge feels Nell will get his first full Great Britain cap by the time 2014 is out, adding that the Wildcats captain will be faced with a decision sooner or later on his playing future.
“I think Aaron’s impressed to get there (the training camp) and next year I think he will make that squad,” said Aldridge.
“He’s lucky in that the GB coach plays in the EPL and respects the league, so that’s a big plus in his favour.
“But it’s up to Aaron. He’s got to make a decision whether he wants to go up and play at a higher level, or stay here. Everybody’s different.
“There’s two sides of me.
“The selfish side of me of course says I would like him to stay, but if I was in his shoes, I know where I’d be going.”