It's All In the Science For Teacher O'Flaherty
Gareth Oâ€™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.
Oâ€™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: â€œI 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.
â€œCombining the two is tough and I donâ€™t have much spare time, but it is my decision, so I will make sure it works.
â€œMy intention is to definitely stay at Telford in the future, but obviously that isnâ€™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.â€