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London Raiders confirm Alan Blyth to stay as coach

PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:33 13 May 2016

Alan Blyth looks on from the London Raiders bench (pic: John Scott)

Alan Blyth looks on from the London Raiders bench (pic: John Scott)

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Club keep continuity on the bench

London Raiders have confirmed that Alan Blyth will return to the bench for his second full season in charge at Lee Valley next season.

Blyth stepped in midway through the 2014/15 season, following the retirement of player-coach Danny Marshall, and has steered the side into the play-offs for the past two campaigns.

A club statement said: “Alan has on occasions had a pretty torrid time but has handled the various problems with a steady head and dignity whilst maintaining a professional calm.

“We aim to make the job a bit easier for him this coming season in having a stronger roster with more senior bodies than the team has boasted for a couple of seasons.

“As already announced we have also working alongside Alan a non-EIHA trained player with coaching experience (Kamil Kinkor) who will be able to assist and shoulder some of the burden.”

Former Raiders goalie Blyth added: “I’m looking forward to another season with a fresh set of challenges and ultimately seeing how far we can push ourselves this term.

“The prospect of another year closer to the “home-coming” of the Raiders gives greater incentive for improvement and the scouting network is now looking one to two years ahead also.

“We want it to be a team that instantly calls Romford “home”. Our historic rivals up the A12 and across the Thames will be dreading the time we cross the threshold into the new RLD.

“Romford really does run in people’s veins and that has shown in the negotiations that have taken place so far this summer.”

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