There's no place like home

Ashley Jackson celebrates scoring against India. Credit Ravi Ghowry1

They say you should never go back, but Great Britain’s all time leading scorer Ashley Jackson has done just that. The midfielder who is approaching 250 international caps made the switch from boyhood club East Grinstead to Kent outfit Holcombe for the 2015-16 season; but has now returned to Sussex for this campaign.

"Moving away from my home club was a big decision but one I needed to do for my own development.” Jackson told the East Grinstead Courier. “My heart has always remained with East Grinstead and the personal draw back was one that I could not ignore.”

Jackson praised his former club and in particular chairman David South, thanking them for the opportunity they gave him, adding:

"David's enthusiasm and commitment to both hockey and Holcombe is inspiring and great to have experienced. Finishing the regular league season undefeated last year was a great achievement and testament to his passion and I was proud to be a part of their team.”

“I wish the Holcombe team the very best for this season's campaign both domestically and in Europe.”

The return of the prodigal son is likely to galvanise the Saint Hill club. Grinstead finished outside the playoff places last season and by their own lofty standards endured a disappointing campaign. Head Coach Karl Stagno for one is excited about linking up with one of the most talented individuals in world hockey:

"East Grinstead and the team are delighted to have Ashley back.” said Stagno. “I am personally looking forward to working with Ashley again and building on where we left off, I am also looking forward to seeing Ashley working with the team as we look to improve on last year's league position."

Jackson joins international team mates David Condon, Nick Catlin (another summer arrival from Holcombe) and Chris Griffiths who is working his way back from injury.

His comeback game for the club took place this past weekend as the Sussex outfit played host to Brooklands MU. The script was written and the hometown hero did not disappoint; scoring twice in a 3-1 win to the delight of the home crowd.

The season is only just getting started but for Ashley Jackson, there’s no place like home.