Hockey: Two Black Sticks picked up in Indian auction

Simon Child. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times
Simon Child. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times

Black Sticks Nick Wilson and Simon Child were the only two New Zealand players to secure contracts for the new Hockey India League following the competition's auction overnight.

Wilson was picked up by the Ranchi Rhinos for $US24,000 ($NZ28,400) while fellow striker Child will play for the Delhi Wave Riders after they paid $US20,000 ($NZ23,600) for his services.

They were two of nine Kiwis up for auction with Dean Couzins, Shea McAleese, Phil Burrows, Steve Edwards, Andy Hayward, Hugo Inglis and Hamish McGregor all missing out on contracts.

Dutch player Teun de Nooijer went for the highest prize, with the Uttar Pradesh Wizards shelling out $US87,400 ($NZ103,300) for the four time Olympic medalist.

13 Australian players also secured contracts. The tournament runs from January 16 to February 10.

- ZB

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