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Raiders NIHL 2 announce seven new additions to the squad

PUBLISHED: 16:55 20 July 2018

Forward Alan Lack celebrating a goal (pic John Scott)

Forward Alan Lack celebrating a goal (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 have announced the signings of seven new additions ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Sam Roberts (pic John Scott)Sam Roberts (pic John Scott)

The Romford-based club have penned deal with former Raiders Alan Lack, Sam Roberts, James Murnane, Robert Veares, former Romford juniors Abbie Sylvester and Matthew Hamilton, and former Romford Spitfires forward Matt Brown.

26-year-old forward Lack announced his retirement from the sport mid-way through last term after suffering a severe facial injury but has opted to return to the ice.

He made 27 appearances for the Raiders last campaign, picking up five goals and nine assists for a total of 14 points.

Also returning to the club is 29-year-old Roberts, who also left the club halfway through last season to join National League South Two side Haringey Huskies after three seasons in the gold and blue, will once again be back.

Abbie Sylvester in action for Great Britain's women (pic Dean Woolley)Abbie Sylvester in action for Great Britain's women (pic Dean Woolley)

A new face to the Raiders set-up is 18-year-old versatile player Abbie Sylvester, who is a former Romford junior, and has gone on to represent the Great Britain women’s programme and play for the Bracknell Queen Bees.

27-year-old defenceman Veares, who spent the 2015/16 season with the Raiders and grew up playing at the Romford junior set-up, is also returning to the gold and blue from league rivals Chelmsford Chieftains.

Murnane, 27, will return to the ice for the first time in five years after taking some time away from the sport, impressed in the club’s tryouts and will return now return to his hometown club.

They also welcome Brown and Hamilton from league rivals Lee Valley Lions.

Defenceman Robbie Veares in action for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)Defenceman Robbie Veares in action for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

34-year-old forward Brown spent his junior career in Romford and was forced to move onto pastures new once Rom Valley Way was closed down - splitting his time between Haringey and Lee Valley.

Hamilton, 22, is also a former Romford junior and left to join Slough once Romford ice rink shut in 2014 and has spent two years playing university hockey as well as playing for the Lions.

Romford head junior coach Ben Pitchley said: “All of these signing have a connection to Romford in some way, with five of them coming through the junior programme that I was involved with back in Rom Valley Way, so it’s great to have them back in our new Barn, plying their trade in the Gold and Blue again.

“With the prospects announced a couple of weeks ago, and Kamil Kinkor as our import in this team, we are furthering our commitment to developing hockey players within our programme.”

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