Michael Robson has just won his first full Irish International cap and he is hungry for more.
The young Annadale midfielder has had a busy few weeks and has just returned from a warm weather training camp in Spain with the Irish Senior squad, where he won his first cap.
And things don’t look to be easing up much for Robson, as he is off to Dublin for this weekend’s Under 21 Interpros for Ulster.
Following the Interpros, he hopes that he will be named in Jonny Caren’s Irish Under 21 panel for next week’s four nation tournament at Mossley, and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t make it so he is in for a very busy couple of weeks.
Robson thinks Ulster have a really good chance to lift the trophy especially with such a talented side.
He said: “I am really looking forward to this weekend’s interpros. We have a very good squad and training has gone really well.
“Our coach has worked hard with us and I think we will do well.”
But while Robson is hoping that he can help Ulster lift the trophy, he will be out to catch the eye of the Irish selectors.
As immediately after the tournament, Irish Under 21 coach Johnny Caren will be announcing his Irish squad for next week’s 4-Nation tournament at Mossley.
“Hopefully I can play well enough to get selected, said Robson.
“It would be a fantastic opportunity to play against Germany and England.
“The Germans are the current World Junior cup champions and I watched them play in the recent tournament, they are really impressive, but it will be all the more special to play in front of our home fans.
“Having the Irish Under 21’s back is also great as it is a good stepping stone to the Senior squad as it was always difficult to go from the Under 18’s to the senior team.”
What would Robson like next?
“Ireland are going to the Champions Challenge in April in Malaysia and it would be fantastic to be selected for that. But I will just have to wait and see what happens.”
However, whilst Robson could get easily distracted with all his Ulster and Irish comittments he has one other important objective – and that is to ensure that Annadale clinch fifth spot in the Premiership and qualify for next season’s Irish Hockey League.
“I am hoping that I can help Annadale qualify for the IHL next season. We had a tough match against Kilkeel last weekend but thankfully we got three points.
“We need to defeat Harlequins next if we are going to take that fifth place.”