Sandeep Singh is the happiest he has ever been after signing for Havant this season.
The Indian hockey star joined the men’s first team at the start of the campaign and has lit up South League premier division one.
The 28-year-old, who has scored 17 goals so far this season – including a debut hat-trick – has settled well into life in England but admits he knew very little about Havant prior to his arrival.
‘I had no idea about the club before I came,’ said Singh.
‘I had no idea where it was.
‘I’ve come from India and the style and level of hockey are different to what I’m playing at now.
‘I’m really enjoying playing at this level.
‘The club really want to go up to the National League from the South League.
‘When I was told about that, I was really happy to be a part of that team and to win the league. Everyone is really positive right now.’
A Slough-based friend of Singh knows Havant captain Raj Laly – and it was through them that Singh arrived at Barncroft Way.
‘I’m really surprised and happy, and I’m enjoying it here,’ admitted Singh.
‘I’m the happiest I’ve been at any other club in my career.
‘When I was really sick and we had a match at home (against Milton Keynes), Raj’s father phoned me on the morning of the match and he came, picked me up, gave me medicine and took me to the game.
‘I played and then he dropped me back home.
‘They’re like my family.
‘I’m happy with the club’s management, they really take care of every player.
‘I don’t think any other club in the UK will do that.
‘They’re also doing a great job tactics-wise.’
Singh is no stranger to playing in England, after captaining India in their four-match test series against England in 2009 and competing at the 2012 Olympics.
Temporarily living in Port Solent, he has, however, now turned his attentions to the Indian Hockey League, which starts on January 22.
He will play for Jaypee Punjab Warriors and will miss six of Havant’s matches in the new year but is due to return for the clash against title rivals Sevenoaks on February 28.