HOCKEY ACT's Glenn Turner (Goulburn) and Andrew Charter will start for the Kalinga Lancers on Monday, 18 January, in the 2016 Hockey India League in India.
Charter was retained by the Lancers from 2015 while former Dabang Mumbai captain, Turner, will debut for the team after being picked up for his base price (US$30,000) at the Hockey India League auction in September.
They will be working under recently appointed Head Coach and former Australian player Mark Hager. Hager currently coaches New Zealand's Women's Hockey team, the BlackSticks.
In February 2015, Hockey Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding guaranteeing it would release its athletes for the Hockey India League in 2016, 2017 and 2018, covering the Olympic and Commonwealth Games years when some countries do not allow their athletes to compete overseas.
In return, the Indian men’s team will tour Australia to play the Kookaburras in three showpiece events between 2016 and 2018. Details of the tour dates are yet to be announced.
Turner and Charter will be joined by Kookaburras' Matthew Dawson (NSW), Matthew Willis (NSW) and Aran Zalewski (WA).