It's All In the Science For Teacher O'Flaherty

Telford Tigers forward Gareth O'Flaherty. Picture courtesy & copyright Steve Brodie PhotographyGareth O’Flaherty believes his joint career as an ice hockey player and teacher will stand him good stead as he looks to secure his future at Telford Tigers.

The 24-year-old, who signed for Telford at the start of the season, is combining playing in the English Premier League with his studies to become a secondary school science teacher.

He is currently carrying out a PGCE placement in Loughborough and trains during the evenings in Telford, before returning home to teach the next day.

O’Flaherty, who impressed at pre-season trials last year, admits he is still developing his game – but is determined to build a career with the Tigers. He said: “I attended the open try-outs, then Tom Watkins gave me a ring a few weeks later and said he was interested in signing me.

“Of course, I am learning the ropes all the time and developing as much as possible. I am also really enjoying it, which is always important.

“Combining the two is tough and I don’t have much spare time, but it is my decision, so I will make sure it works.

“My intention is to definitely stay at Telford in the future, but obviously that isn’t my decision. I want to keep on developing and when given the chance, I have shown that I can play well alongside anyone. Hopefully, Tom will bear than in mind for next season.”

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