Glenn Turner will spearhead Goulburn's entry into the ACT hockey competition. Photo: Getty Images
Australian Kookaburras star Glenn Turner says it was a ''no-brainer'' to start a rebel Goulburn team that will enter the Hockey ACT Capital League this year.
Turner has left his club Wests and has knocked back enticing offers from rival teams to take charge of his home-town Goulburn side.
It is a two-pronged move, designed to provide a better pathway for Goulburn juniors into elite hockey and also to end some disillusionment with Hockey NSW.
Hockey ACT has agreed to enter Goulburn in its premier competition and Albury could follow next year.
''It's going to be good for Goulburn and Canberra, it was a no-brainer,'' Turner said.
''I think it's time that I can give a bit back to Goulburn and in the end it will benefit both.
''We've already got a squad of 20 [players] and it's going to give young guys a direct route to try to get into the Australian team.''
Turner's time with the Goulburn side will be limited because of his World Cup and Commonwealth Games campaigns with the Kookaburras.
''If it was a money situation I probably wouldn't be at Goulburn … I'd probably be in Sydney still,'' Turner said.
''But this is a chance for me to give back, and that's exciting.
''Hopefully I get in the World Cup and Commonwealth Games squads, then back for the Hockey ACT finals."
Turner won three titles with Canberra club Wests and led the team into the grand final last season before falling short against Central.
Former Wests teammates Todd and Kurt Devlin and Australian junior star Aaron Kershaw will join Turner at Goulburn.
It's understood the Goulburn hockey community became increasingly frustrated with treatment from Hockey NSW.
Its best players had to travel to Sydney to play and instead of getting a chance with the Canberra Lakers or Strikers, they were put in NSW shadow teams.
The Goulburn first-grade competition will continue, with games to be played during the week.
The best players will then have a chance to join the representative side to take on Canberra clubs on weekends. Goulburn will host one Canberra team every fortnight.
The Goulburn Workers Club has jumped on board as the major backer to cover the majority of costs.
Goulburn's players will also be eligible to be selected for the Canberra Lakers to play at the Australian Hockey League tournament.
''Some guys in Goulburn decide to play footy or something else when it gets too hard to continue playing hockey because you've got to travel to Sydney,'' Turner said.
''I know how hard it is to go to Sydney and make the state teams. It's a no-brainer if you're from Goulburn to go to Canberra and go through that path.''