Raiders re-sign Pitchley and supporters player of the year Ayliffe ahead of new season
PUBLISHED: 19:25 31 May 2018
Everyone Active Raiders has announced the re-signings of forward duo JJ Pitchley and Brandon Ayliffe ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The pair of former Romford juniors are back with their home-town club for another season after both picking up Supporters’ Player of the Year in the past two seasons.
The 19-year-old Ayliffe claimed last season’s accolade after making 45 appearances, picking up nine goals and 11 assists for a total of 20 points in his debut season for the club.
“I’m very pleased to be returning for the 2018/2019 season, I’m very pleased to be wearing the gold and blue for another season,” Ayliffe said.
“Hopefully it can stay that way for a while.
“I was shocked to win the supporters’ player of the season because I thought there were other players on the team who were playing well in the season and hard working, and I thought they would’ve deserved it, but winning it was another reason why I am came back to play in front of a great crowd.”
Ayliffe is keeping his personal targets for the season simple but for the team he is setting the bar higher, adding: “The only targets I set for myself is just try and improve myself as a player, but as a team we would like to go further than we did last year and we want to bring silverware home.”
Also returning to the club for a fifth season with the Raiders is centre Pitchley.
The 24-year-old made his debut for the club at the age of 17 away to Milton Keynes Thunder back in September 2011 and has since gone on to make 147 appearances.
The former Slough Jets player has scored 58 goals and picked up 53 assists for the side for a total of 111 points and finished as the joint top points scorer for the Raiders in 2016/17, when he picked up the supporters’ player of the year award.
Last season he made 45 appearances, scoring 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points and is delighted to be back.
“I’m ecstatic to be back in the gold and blue – the Raiders are my home team and it’s an honour once again to pull on the shirt week in, week out,” he said.
“With the team Sean and Alan are putting together it’s safe to say I’m eager for September to come around and am very happy with the direction the club is moving in.”