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Raiders sign Olympian hockey star Ashley Jackson

PUBLISHED: 17:56 27 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 27 October 2018

Ashley Jackson (right) in action for Invicta Dynamos against the Raiders (Pic: John Scott)

Ashley Jackson (right) in action for Invicta Dynamos against the Raiders (Pic: John Scott)

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Four-time Olympian and Great Britain hockey’s all-time top goalscorer, Ashley Jackson, has agreed a deal with the Everyone Active Raiders.

The Romford-based club have moved to capture the signature of the high profile hockey star during his winter break from his Dutch club HGC.

The 31-year-old forward will be available for selection to coach Sean Easton until he returns to finish his field hockey season in Holland.

Despite his Olympic and Championship experience, he also has plenty of knowledge from his ice hockey experience as well.

After playing the odd game for home town club Invicta’s second string Mustangs over the years, he opted to ice for the Dynamos along with other commitments during the 2014/15 season.

Jackson played in eight matches, picking up four goals and three assists during that time.

And his hunger for ice hockey then saw him sign for the Mos again in 2016/17 and this time he committed for the entire season.

He was a key figure in helping bring silverware back to Kent as the team secured the NIHL Southern play-off title, with the forward picking up 18 goals and 19 assists for a total of 37 points in 20 league fixtures that season.

The former GB captain then joined Basingstoke Bison as he tried to pursue ice hockey and retired from field hockey.

He went on to make 11 appearances for the Bison, picking up a total of five points, before the club mutually agreed to end his time and allow him to return to the Invicta Dynamos.

Jackson then resumed playing for the Dynamos and came out of hockey retirement to return with East Grinstead.

The international, who has played in numerous tournaments including the Commonwealth Games and four most recent Olympics in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016), made 19 league appearances and picked up 23 points last term.

And he has now opted for a return to the ice after missing the first few months of the season to bolster the Raiders ranks.

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