TWO local hockey players have been named in the Scotland women's squad for the final training camp before selection for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Helensburgh’s Nicki Skrastin and Shandon’s Fiona Burnet are among the 27-strong squad who will train in Gran Canaria from January 13 to February 13.

The Scots will also play five games against Wales as preparation for the Games in the Gold Coast, for which the final Scotland squad will be named on February 14.

Head coach Gordon Shepherd says it’s a big chance for players to stake their claim for the Commonwealth Games, which starts on April 5.

Shepherd said: “I am delighted with the level of competition we have in every line in the team, and the camp in Gran Canaria will allow the players to express themselves and compete for selection for the Gold Coast.

“As well as training we have five games versus Wales and I feel this is an excellent balance of training and games to maximise each player’s opportunity to be selected.

“Every player that is going on this selection camp has the same opportunity to be selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast next year.”

Skarastin, who plays for Grove Menzieshill, will be hoping to represent Scotland again at a Commonwealth Games after the team's sixth-place finish in Glasgow in 2014.

The 25-year-old started three of Scotland’s four games, against Wales, Australia and Malaysia.

Burnet plays for Bristol-based club Clifton Robinsons while she continues to study politics and international relations at the University of Bath.

The 21-year-old, whose sister Anna sails for Great Britain, was involved in Scotland’s recent three-match series against Ireland in October.