Contrary to rumours Ulster’s David Ames hopes to add to his 64 international caps and continue playing for Ireland for the foreseeable future.
It had been rumoured that Ames, who plays for top English Premiership side Beeston, was going to follow the path of fellow Ulster men Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne and make himself available for GB.
But under FIH rules, that would have put him in the international wilderness for at least three years before he could even be considered for GB selection.
However, the News Letter spoke exclusively to Ames, and he has thrown some light on the subject as to why he will not be going to Argentina with the recently announced Irish squad for the Champions Challenge.
“I am just enjoying the break at the minute. I have just landed my first full-time job and I want to commit to that over the next few months,” he said.
“However, I will be heading home to Cookstown for Christmas, but whenever I return here then I will decide when I will make myself available for selection.
“I’m still and Irish player and that’s the way that I want to remain. Naturally I am going to miss not going to Argentina and I hope the guys do well and I am sure they will.”
But Ames does not have much time on his hands as he explained.
“I am doing a lot of coaching in my new job, with a coaching company called MT13 here in England,” he added.
“We offer a range of coaching courses across all levels and age ranges and this week I’m off to the Isle of Man to take a two-day coaching clinic.
“So between that and coaching Nottingham University first eleven and playing for Beeston, I am really busy at the moment.”
With so much going on, has he thought of even retiring from the international set-up?
“No, I am too young to retire,” he counters.
“There are still a lot of things that I want to do internationally in terms of playing at major competitions and doing well on the global stage.”
Ames has also established himself in the Beeston first eleven, and is one of the first names on the team sheet.
This season he has notched up seven goals and until last weekend Beeston were undefeated.
“We were going well until last Sunday, when we lost to Brooklands, that was our first defeat in 19 games and it was pretty hard to take.
“Brooklands have only won three games this season, East Grinstead, Reading and now us. But we were missing seven players who are going to the Champions Trophy in Australia this weekend,” explained Ames.
With Ames on this form, Ireland will miss him in Argentina, but the good news is he is hoping that he will make the squad the next time it is announced.