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Raiders to welcome Lack

15:47 31 December 2014

London Raiders will welcome Alan Lack to their bench in the new year (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders will welcome Alan Lack to their bench in the new year (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders have announced the signing of British forward Alan Lack, following news of his impending release from English Premier League side Peterborough Phantoms.

The Lee Valley-based club ended 2014 on a winning note with success over Milton Keynes on Sunday, snapping a long 19-game losing run.

And they are set to welcome the Thunder back to east London in their first outing of 2015 on Saturday, when Lack makes his final appearance for Peterborough.

A club statement said: “We’re delighted to confirm that Alan Lack has signed for the Raiders and should be able to ice at Oxford on January 11 after he has completed his commitments to the Premier League’s Peterborough Phantoms.

“Alan is a hugely popular player at Peterborough and whilst we are genuinely sorry for their loss, we are equally excited to see him reproduce the action for Raiders that sees him so widely respected in the Premier League.”

Lack, 22, came up through the junior ranks at Bracknell to play for the senior Bees in the EPL and scored 23 points in 40 games for Slough at that level last season, after a brief spell with Invicta in the National League.

He said: “It’s with a heavy heart to be leaving the Phantoms but due to travel and losing my job at the start of the season, it’s now come to a point when I have had to make this decision.

“I start a new job on Monday and the working patterns mean I cannot commit fully to the Phantoms.

“I am really looking forward to the rest of the season with London. I know the Raiders have had a bit of a rough start to the season, but now it is time to complete the rebuild of the team and enter 2015 with a new aim and a new goal.”

Lack had certainly made a good impression with Peterborough this term, scoring 10 goals and five assists in 28 matches, with 72 penalty minutes.

Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov said: “Lacky has been a fans favourite since the start of the season.

“We obviously wanted to keep him, but family must come first. We wish Lacky all the best for the future and of course thank him for all his effort for the Phantoms.”

Raiders, having recently welcomed Grant Taylor and David Oliver back into the fold, remain in talks with an import to assist their quest to climb the table and secure a play-off place in the new year.

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