Ice Hockey
Paul Thompson backs Rob Farmer for Great Britain team

By Steve Carpenter 14/03 Updated: 14/03 10:43

PAUL Thompson has backed Robert Farmer to be on the plane to Slovenia when the Great Britain squad for the World Championships is named.

The 20-year-old forward has again been named in the 35-man preliminary squad by new coach Tony Hand, along with Blaze team-mates Jonathan Weaver, Russell Cowley, Greg Owen and Owen Fussey.

Farmer, who has posted 48 points in 56 games this season, was named in the provisional squad last year when Thompson was in charge of the national team, but did not make the cut.

But Thompson, who resigned as GB coach in December, believes his starlet has to go the the World Championships next month.

"Farms (Farmer) was right there last year and he was so close to going, but he has taken his game to another level this season," said Thompson.

"He has been exceptional this season and has been our best British player. He is on for 30 goals, he has mixed it up and he has been making plays. That young man has a really bright future.

"Along with Robert Dowd and Craig Peacock he is one of the best young talents in this country.

"I would be very disappointed for him if he was not on the plane."

Hand will narrow his squad down to 23 players ahead of a three-day training camp running from April 10 to 12 before GB play hosts Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Japan and Ukraine between April 15 and 21.

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