Former Newark Hockey Club junior Adam Dixon is returning to play in Nottinghamshire after a year in the biggest league in the world.

Dixon, 30, has linked up again with Beeston following what he described as a fantastic season with HC Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Beeston and Rotterdam recently agreed a unique partnership and Dixon’s return to his former club, where he won three Premier League titles in 18 seasons, is seen as further strengthening those links.

Dixon, who joined Beeston from Newark when he was 12, said: “I have had a fantastic season with HC Rotterdam.

“We achieved our target of EuroHockey League qualification and got so close to winning the championship in the play-off final against Kampong.

“I’m now looking forward to being back at Beeston with the same aim of EuroHockey League qualification. Then maybe we can start dreaming about a Nottingham team winning European silverware again.”

'We are delighted Adam has come home'

Dixon, a Nottingham Forest supporter, signed for the Bees at the City Ground.

“I’m a huge Forest fan and signing here is a childhood dream come true,” he said.

Dixon was a bronze medallist with the England team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a member of the Great Britain Olympic Games squad in Rio last year.

Beeston director David Griffiths said: “We are delighted Adam has come home for the 2017/18 season.

“He was instrumental in the club’s three premier league titles and our past European campaigns.

“His year in the Netherlands has added an extra sharpness and a new dimension to his game.

“He is second in the club’s all-time top goalscorer list behind me.

“I hope I can watch him beat my record this coming season.”

Dixon is part of the England team competing at the Hero Hockey World League semi-finals in London from Thursday, bidding for World Cup qualification.