England team manager Dick Clegg has announced that Preston Innovations-backed ace and Daiwa Dorking skipper Steve Sanders is to join his team for the Veterans World Championship.
Bosnia and Herzergovina will play host to this year's competition on the River Krupa in Capljina during the weekend of August 10th and 11th.
Reigning Veterans World Champion Joe Roberts is in the team once again and is looking to retain his crown, which he won last year in Portugal.
All the members of last year’s team gold medallists have been retained, and the squad has been further strengthened with the inclusion of Steve. Steve's pedigree is second to none, not only is he captain of the all-conquering Dorking Team but he is also manager of England's very successful Sensas under-18s squad.
Dick Clegg OBE, international events manager of the Angling Trust, will once more take charge of the Veterans and is extremely excited about the trip.
Dick stated: “This is my 30th year of international fishing and by taking one of the strongest squads we have had in this competition I expect to come back with a medal. Our Veterans are currently ranked number one in the world and I see no reason why this should change. We understand that catches will be dominated by bolo and slider fishing with much less pole work, so it will not be easy, but this team is very experienced and we can win gold again.”
Steve was delighted to have been called up, saying: "I am really excited about representing my country and looking forward to the challenge. I must admit that I felt slightly sombre when I was first asked, as my place in the team was previously occupied by Don Slaymaker, who tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. I'm determined to do him proud, though, and if I'm lucky enough to be selected to fish on either of the days, I will be very honoured."
The England Veterans squad are Terry Lancaster, Roger Marlow, Dicky Carr, Joe Roberts, Steve Sanders and Dick Clegg. Team helpers are Tony Troth and Bill Galt.