Search

London Raiders land defensive duo

PUBLISHED: 09:01 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 09 June 2017

London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper and goalie Euan King (pic John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper and goalie Euan King (pic John Scott)

Archant

Raiders announce two more signings

London Raiders have announced the re-signing of popular defenceman Jack Cooper and the addition of bright young prospect Callum Wells.

Former Albany School pupil Cooper admits it was an easy decision to agree to return to the Lee Valley-based club for the 2017/18 National League season.

The 20-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to another year in the gold and blue.

“I believe we had our best season in a while last year and this year shouldn’t be any different.”

Cooper made 41 appearances, picking up seven assists last campaign, but he believes the team can improve further and has set high targets for the season.

“I am very excited with this upcoming season, I believe we are in for a great year, especially with the new signings we have announced,” he added.

“My personal goal would be to finish as high up the table as possible. I’d like a top-three finish and to try and get at least one trophy this year.”

The former Romford junior is also keen to work with new coach Sean Easton, who has joined from fierce rivals Chelmsford, and is feeling confident despite all of the changes in the league structure during the close season.

“I have only worked with Easton once and that was at South East,” said Cooper.

“I know he is a very good coach and I am excited to work with him this year.

“It’s a bit of a shame that a few of the teams have dropped out of the league, but nevertheless, we have to focus on our game as we are going up against a few tougher opponents. I am confident we will do well.”

Joining Cooper on the blue line next season will be another former Romford junior in Wells, who has spent the last few seasons plying his trade between the Chelmsford Chieftains and Warriors, since the closure of the old Romford ice rink in Rom Valley Way.

The 19-year-old Wells, who has also iced for the Great Britain under-18s and in the England junior set-up, will be the latest to return to the club’s gold and blue jersey.

The pair join Tom Davis, JJ Pitchley, Matt Turner, Olegs Lascenko, Sam Roberts and Brandon Ayliffe on the roster and more signing announcements are expected throughout the summer.

Latest Romford Sports News

46 minutes ago

Ardleigh Green cruised to a nine-wicket win over Basildon in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three clash at Central Park.

46 minutes ago

Wood beaten by 31 runs on Saturday, but still moved into promotion places with rivals slipping up

15:00

Old Brentwoods edged past Woodford Green in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three contest.

14:00

Upminster came up agonisingly short in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One contest at Buckhurst Hill.

14:00

Valentines Park outfit won by four wickets away from home

12:00

Harry Kane’s hat-trick inspired England to their biggest ever World Cup win as Gareth Southgate’s men sealed progress to the last 16 with a 6-1 demolition of Panama that puts their rivals on notice.

11:00

The captain has missed the last two games through suspension while opener Browne hasn’t played since the start of May against Yorkshire

10:00

One-time England caretaker manager took over from John Still in role last month

PROMOTED CONTENT

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now