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Long-serving Raiders goalie Gray is happy to be back in firing line on full-time basis

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 November 2017

Raiders goalie Michael Gray has won four man of the match awards since his return to the team (pic John Scott)

Raiders goalie Michael Gray has won four man of the match awards since his return to the team (pic John Scott)

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London Raiders goalie Michael Gray is delighted to back between the pipes for the club on a full-time basis.

The 28-year-old, who has spent majority of his career with the Raiders, is back after Euan King’s departure to Peteborough Phantoms last week.

Gray has been registered with the club since the start of the season and played a handful of games when King was injured last month.

“I’m back permanently now which is great as I wanted to be full time from the start of the season but something happened that wouldn’t allow that,” he said.

“For me there isn’t really another team I want to play for as I love the gold and blue. I’ve been with this team on and off for nearly 10 years now, so I have a lot of history with the club.”

And Gray got off to a superb start, winning two man of the match awards as they were edge out 3-2 by Swindon Wildcats and lost 6-0 to Basingstoke Bison last weekend, to add to awards against Invicta and Milton Keynes.

“If I’m honest I don’t really care about man of the match, as I’d rather have the team winning. We win as a team and lose as a team, but I’m really happy with how I’m playing at the minute,” he said.

“Swindon we were disappointed in not coming away with a point as we worked hard and played as a team.

“Sunday against Basingstoke was a very different game as we were a little tired and to be honest I haven’t seen a team move the puck like Basingstoke in years. They’re a class act but on smaller ice I think anything is possible.

“We believe we can take points against the ex-EPL teams and in the future months this will happen as we have a great team spirit to do this.”

Gray admitted it feels like he has never been away from the club despite departing halfway through last season.

“It seems like I haven’t been away from the team as the new guys in Romford have played against me or known me for years so it’s just like a second family to me,” he addec.

“Sean Easton and the management have done a great job in making this feeling throughout the team as well.

“I have kept myself fit during my time out, so it’s not been too bad, but the difference in the league now is massive. It’s keeping me focused a lot more which is helping my performance.”

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