September 16 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Young forward reflects on frantic fortnight
London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson has gone through a whole range of emotions in the past couple of weeks.
The 19-year-old was announced as coach Danny Marshall’s latest signing two weeks ago, returning to the gold and blue jersey after a spell at Milton Keynes last season.
But then the club were rocked by the sudden death of manager Mick Cahill and owner Ollie Oliver’s subsequent decision to step down, which put the team’s future in doubt.
Former Albany pupil Ranson said: “I was thrilled to be back with the Raiders for the upcoming season, but at the same time we were hit with a lot of sad news, with the passing of Mick Cahill, who will be sadly missed by all the Raiders and fans alike.
“In my brief stint with the Raiders Mick couldn’t have been anymore helpful than he was. Then the shock news that the Raiders might not be running worried me at first, but knowing how brilliant and loyal the fans are I never had any doubt.”
Some last-minute help from Havering Council helped to keep the team on ice at their temporary home in Lee Valley, while they wait for a new rink to be built in Romford town centre.
And a supporters group has been formed to run the team in the National League this season, which begins with a home match against Cardiff Fire in two weeks time on Saturday September 6.
Ranson, who netted against Raiders during a man of the match display for the MK Thunder last term, added: “I’m very grateful and relieved that we will be icing next season, it shows how brilliant the fans are as their hard work has made this season happen.
“I’m looking forward to the season and giving 110 per cent on the ice.”
Raiders have added Tom Davis, Dan Peters and Bailey Wootton to their roster for the new campaign yesterday, joining Ranson, Marshall, Frankie Harvey, David Oliver, AJ Smith and import Jakub Klima.
More signings are expected to be announced next week, with a celebration of Mick Cahill’s life taking place at Forest Road Crematorium, Hainault on Tuesday (3.45pm) and continuing afterwards at the Metropolitan Police Club in Chigwell.