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Chong wants more Raiders rewards

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 June 2015

Liam Chong celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Streatham (pic: John Scott)

Liam Chong celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Streatham (pic: John Scott)

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Forward looking for silverware after agreeing return

Liam Chong is looking for London Raiders to become more successful after agreeing to return for the 2015/16 National League season.

Chong joined midway through the last campaign, when the Lee Valley-based club were in the midst of a 19-game losing streak.

And the 23-year-old helped them climb off the bottom of the table to secure a play-off spot, before losing out to eventual champions Isle of Wight.

Chong scored a total of 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 28 appearances last season, playing mostly alongside import Jakub Kostelansky, who has returned to Slovakia, and Jacob Ranson, who has joined rivals Invicta.

He said: “I would like to try and have a good season personally alongside with my studies and I hope the team are more successful this year.

“I feel with the squad being built there is potential for a successful season and hopefully some silverware.”

Chong played for Romford’s junior teams at the old rink in Rom Valley Way, before having spells in the English Premier League with Basingstoke and Manchester, and is currently studying physiotherapy in London.

He was named Forward of the Year for Raiders last term and added: “I’m looking forward to playing alongside a few old faces and some new faces.

“I want the London Raiders to be completely different to the Romford Raiders and lose the reputation as a goon team, but the team to be known for high-speed, skilful hockey.”

A club statement said: “Liam brought energy and versatility to the team last season and many will remember his switch to defence on the Isle of Wight, which was seen as a fundamental reason for an unexpected win.

“We certainly know what we get with Liam and effort is high on the list.

“We think with a line that gels, his points production will rise this season, although it’s also true that the opposition are aware of his threat and may try to put him off his game.

“With some new linemates this season, many will be expecting even greater things from the ex-GB junior.”

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