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London Raiders return for Tom Davis

PUBLISHED: 18:31 14 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:31 14 May 2016

Tom Davis in action for London Raiders against Chelmsford in the National League play-offs (pic: John Scott)

Tom Davis in action for London Raiders against Chelmsford in the National League play-offs (pic: John Scott)

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Captain agrees to keep lead role

London Raiders have announced the return of captain Tom Davis for the 2016/17 National League season.

Davis will be in a gold and blue jersey for the eighth successive campaign and lead the team for the third year in a row.

And a statement on the club’s facebook page paid tribute to his efforts in recent years, saying: ”Tom has taken the Heart of Raiders Award for the past two seasons and again for good reason as he provides a loud captain’s voice, leads by example with a calm head, but doesn’t let that stop him when he feels a wrong needs to be righted.

“His witty ridiculing of the opposition in the penalty box keeps the off-ice team amused and probably accounts for several of his votes for supporters’ player of the year.”

Davis finished with 15 goals to his name last season, more than any other British player, and was just one point short of having the highest overall points total among home-grown players with 35.

The versatile 25-year-old has played as a forward and defenceman when needed and stepped up to the challenge of playing in goal for an entire period at Invicta last season when Ryan Bainborough was forced off with injury.

Davis has scored a total of 176 points in 225 games for Raiders, averaging 36 appearances over the past six seasons.

The statement added: “At just 25 he is competing with Michael Gray for the “you can’t be that young you have been playing for ever” award!

“We are delighted there is plenty of life left in the old dog and even more delighted that he is choosing to spend it in gold and blue once again, helping the rest of the team and management bring the team home in good shape.”

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