OXFORD City Stars will be keeping it in the family this season after all three Oliver brothers signed on for the new campaign.
Local boys Nick, Joe and Josh all played their part in the club’s championship-winning sides for the past two years.
And now they will be part of the squad stepping up to the challenge of National League Division 1 this season.
At 28, Nick is the most experienced of the trio and has been at the Stars for more than a decade.
He has captained the side for the last two seasons and is delighted the family connection will stay.
He said: “We’ve all worked really hard in the past few seasons to get where we are now, and we’re now going to have to work even harder together to win our games. “It’s such a big a big gap in abilities between the two leagues, so it’s a big challenge.
“My brothers and I all decided to stay at the Stars individually, but we all enjoy the hockey so much – our whole family does including our parents – so it wasn’t a tough decision to stay on for the new season.”
Joe, 24, laid on plenty of assists last season and chipped in with some big goals, including a vital winner against Slough Jets in the penultimate game.
The 21-year-old Josh is the youngest of the three, but his skilful approach means he is already a firm favourite with supporters.
Stars have strengthened this summer with new signings, notably the giant Canadian Kyle Flemington, but are keen to retain the local core which fired them to glory last season.
Darren Elliott, head coach, said: “The re-signing of the Oliver brothers is massive for the team.
“They’re all homegrown Oxford talent who have come up through all the age groups in the system.
“As a whole, we’re really lucky to have them sign for another year and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can bring to NIHL1.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704.
Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
9:42pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
KEMAR Roofe etched his name into derby folklore with two goals as Oxford United stretched their winning run against Swindon Town to five matches.
11:15pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
6:40pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
Vlae of White Horse beat Swindon 1-0 at Highworth Town FC in the ESFA Under 15 Inter Association Trophy to earn a second-round tie next month at home to Coventry or Cheltenham.
6:35pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
All the news from Oxford United's derby clash with Swindon Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
11:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
MICHAEL Appleton is looking forward to his first experience of an Oxford-Swindon clash, but has made it clear the priority is on ensuring it is a fixture in Sky Bet League One next season.
9:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
KEEPING a cool head will be key if Oxford United are going to beat fierce rivals Swindon Town tonight, according to skipper Jake Wright.
9:20am Tuesday 6th October 2015
CALLUM O’Dowda cannot wait for his first taste of a game against Swindon Town after getting permission to delay his trip to meet up with the Ireland Under 21 squad.
9:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
JORDAN Graham is in line to make his first Oxford United start as injury looks likely to rule Danny Rose out of their clash with Swindon Town.
8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
ALTHOUGH Oxford United have won fewer derby matches than rivals Swindon Town, who lead 21-13, they go into tonight’s game looking for an unprecedented fifth straight victory.
8:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
Oxfordshire are still looking for their first win in this season's BDO Inter-Counties Championship after losing 20-16 away to Surrey at Worcester Park at the weekend The visitors never recovered after losing the opening Ladies’ B match 5-1.