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London Raiders pick up Pentecost

PUBLISHED: 20:57 05 July 2016

New London Raiders signing James Pentecost was man of the match for Oxford on a previous visit to Lee Valley (pic: John Scott)

New London Raiders signing James Pentecost was man of the match for Oxford on a previous visit to Lee Valley (pic: John Scott)

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Club add new face for National League campaign

London Raiders have announced the signing of a new face in James Pentecost for the 2016/17 campaign.

A product of Peterborough’s system and one of the leading scorers in their National League squad in recent seasons, Pentecost will finally line up in a gold and blue jersey, several years after skating with the Raiders at the old Rom Valley Way rink.

A club statement said: “We are delighted to welcome James Pentecost to the Raiders for the 2016/2017 campaign.

“Management were first alerted to James’s potential when as a 19-year-old back in 2009 he travelled with Jesse Hamill to train with the last EPL squad playing out of Romford.

“When it was known that James was relocating closer to the London area his addition became a focus for the management and, seeming to be a good match for his own personal circumstances, an agreement was made.”

Pentecost scored 61 points in 38 games for Oxford in Division One two seasons ago and chalked up the same total but from only 23 games for Peterborough Islanders in Division Two last season, finishing fourth in the division’s scoring charts.

And the 26-year-old is looking forward to the challenge of contributing to the Raiders cause this winter, saying: “I’ve always had a lot of respect for London as a club. Coming here as an opponent is never easy because of the way the team play and the great fans, so I’m excited to now become a part of that.

“I think the signings this summer have been really strong and the team are sending out a message that they can be a good contender this year and I want to do everything I can to help that.

“I was talking to the management last summer about a possible move but work commitments got in the way, so I feel like this has been a long time coming.

“There are a lot of great players in this team and I’m excited now to meet up with them all and get ready for September.”

The club statement added: “James combines a proven eye for goal, great playmaking and maturity and awareness and if his enthusiasm these past few weeks converts on ice then we are sure the Raiders fan-base will have no complaints.”

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