Tommy Watkins has been appointed Assistant Coach of Great Britain Men’s Under-20s.

The 45-year-old, who is Head Coach of NIHL side Telford Tigers, has extensive experience in the GB set-up.

He spent three years as Assistant Coach of Great Britain’s men’s side and was part of the gold medal-winning team at the World Championship in Belfast in 2017.

Watkins, who is a former GB player, has previously had five seasons in the under-20 coaching programme, winning a gold and bronze medal.

Head Coach, Martin Grubb, said: “I’m delighted to be able to add Tom to our coaching staff and he has already slotted right in with Keeno (Dayle Keen) and I.

“Tom is someone I’ve know a long time and he is one of the most respected and experienced coaches in the country. He will be a huge help to our group.

“He has been at multiple World Championship tournaments and had success wherever he’s coached. I am excited to work alongside him again.”

Watkins said: “I am so happy to return to the GB set-up to support Martin, the staff and players in any way I can.

“It has been a good few years now since I’ve been involved in the programme, but I’m excited for the opportunity and am looking forward to the tournament in Dumfries.”

Watkins replaces Danny Meyers who will be coaching Great Britain Under-16s at next year’s Winter Youth Olympics in South Korea.

“I would like to thank Danny for his time in the under-20s coaching set-up,” added Grubb.

“He has been a massive part of our group for the past three years and it was great to work alongside him.”