Ireland goalkeeper David Harte has been drafted by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the professional hockey tournament, the Hockey India League. 

Harte was one of 154 players from around the world available in the team selection auction of which 49 were picked up by the six franchises.

Players came from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India with a total spend of $1.37 million. 

Ramandeep Singh attracted the highest fee, going for $81,000 to the Uttar Pradesh Wizards, while Harte cost the Magicians $11,000 at the auction.

The Hockey Indian league is entering its second season and will begin on 23 January culminating with the finals on 23 February.

"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the second season of the Hockey India League," Harte said. 

"After watching it last year it was something that I wanted to try and get into, so to be picked as Ireland's first representative feels fantastic and it is something I am very proud of.

"An opportunity to play in a fanatical hockey country like India for the five or so weeks is something I am very excited about. Add to that touring around six different cities, the packed stadiums, screaming fans and world class players that will be present make for perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.

"I would like to thank my hockey club SV Kampong and my school, the International School Utrecht, for allowing me the chance to fulfil this unique experience and supporting me in my decision to go.

"Also I need to thank my national coach, Andrew (Meredith), for his support and backing to play in the Hockey India League," he added.