Returning Ranson wants Raiders success
PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 June 2016
Forward back with home-town club for new season
Jacob Ranson is hoping to help bring success back to the London Raiders, after agreeing to return to the club for the 2016/17 National League season.
Ranson, 20, came up through the junior ranks at Romford, before spending three years in Canada and one in Sweden.
The former Albany pupil made his Raiders debut in 2013/14, before joining MK Thunder in the second half of the campaign, and returned to the Lee Valley-based club to be an ever-present in 2014/15, when he claimed a hat-trick of awards at their presentation evening.
And after spending last season with Invicta Dynamos, Ranson has decided to come ‘home’ and said: “I want to start where I left off, as there is unfinished business for me in the gold and blue.
“I want to help bring back the successful Raiders that I grew up watching. I’ve spoken with Alan Blyth lots since the season ended and the team he’s putting together looks very exciting.
“I’m hoping to help the side break back into the top four and slowly bring back some success, ready for the move back to Romford.”
Ranson learnt to skate at the old Rom Valley Way rink and helped the Romford under-12s and under-14s reach national finals, before joining the Pursuit of Excellence school in Kelowna.
He was voted Players’ Player, Supporters’ Player and Coaches’ Player of the Year for Raiders in 2015 and has 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists) in 65 appearances for the club to date.
“I’m looking forward to the season now and making sure I’m ready to improve on my game another step or two this campaign,” he added.
“I feel I’ve established myself in the league now over the last few seasons, but it’s now time to work on different things, so I can improve in certain areas.
“My season with Invicta was an enjoyable and successful one, as we finished second in the league, which has given me more experience of battling at the top of the table.
“Picking up another award (the Supporters’ Player of the year at Invicta) has given me lots more confidence, so I’m hoping to bring that experience and confidence back with me to the Raiders.”
Ranson scored 26 points in 50 matches for Dynamos and also played 21 times for the Basingstoke Bison, who went on to win the English Premier League title.
But he is relishing the chance to be back among more familiar faces with the Raiders and to be on the same side of the ice as defenceman and fellow returnee Julian Smith.
He said: “I’m looking forward to being back on a team with Francey (Matt France), Tommy D (Tom Davis), Michael Gray and of course Coops (Jack Cooper) and JJ (Pitchley), who I’ve played with since under-10s.
“It’ll be also be nice to play on the same team as Julian Smith, as he’s never liked me as an opponent!”