King, 21 years old, joins reigning Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division champions, Surbiton, a day after helping Auckland to win the Ford National League title, following their 1-0 win over Northland in the final.
Since making her debut for the Black Sticks in 2011, King has won 63 caps for New Zealand, and scored eight goals, equally at home whether playing as a striker, or in a midfield role.
Surbiton Head Coach, Brett Garrard said: “We are delighted to have secured Julia’s services and as an experienced international she will add further depth and quality to our squad as we look to challenge on three fronts this season.”
Commenting on her new challenge, King said “I am very excited to play for Surbiton, and look forward to helping them defend both their league and cup titles, and to playing in European competition.”
Rebecca Herbert has returned to Surbiton after playing for Central in New Zealand; and Surbiton have also registered youngster Ellie De Heer. Jenna Woolven will play for the University of Western Australia against CT Pirates for the Melville Toyota League championship on Saturday. UWA beat Melville 3-1 in the Preliminary Final on Sunday.
Surbiton Ladies’ next match is at the University of Birmingham on Saturday (20 September) push back 12.30 pm.