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Romford youngster pleased to be ‘home’
Romford youngster Jacob Ranson cannot wait to pull on a Raiders jersey, having supported the club since childhood, writes Lee Power.
The former club junior and Albany pupil, who turns 18 today (Friday), was named in Danny Marshall’s squad last week after spending the last four years playing overseas.
And he is excited about returning to his home-town club, despite them relocating to Lee Valley for the 2013-14 season.
He said: “I’ve been supporting the team since I was five years old and my parents have been watching even longer, since the old days of Chartier and Jeffrey.
“I think it was the speed of the game the first time I saw it.
“Playing at the national finals and in events like the Sheffield tournament was a real highlight from my time with the juniors.”
Ranson spent three years at the Pursuit of Excellence hockey school, where former Raider Dave Whistle was among his coaches, while also attending high school in Kelowna and then played under-18s hockey in Sweden for HC Mjolby last season.
He added: “I learnt more about the physical side of the game in Canada, the crash and bang style, and in Sweden it was more the systematic style and passing game.
“I wouldn’t say I had a preference. I enjoyed them both a lot.”
And now he is back home, Ranson is looking to make an impression with Marshall’s men in the National League.
He added: “I’m hard-working, I like to pass and I want to improve myself, learn from the experienced players and get more ice time as the season goes on.
“It will be different playing with older teammates rather than my own age, but I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait for the season to start now.
“It was a nice surprise to hear from Danny. I wasn’t too sure what I was going to be doing this season, but I’m delighted to be back with my home-town club.”
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