London Raiders announce return of Roberts
PUBLISHED: 11:17 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:17 15 July 2016
Hard-working forward back in gold and blue
The London Raiders have announced the return of popular forward Sam Roberts for the 2016/17 National League season.
Roberts joined the Lee Valley-based club from Division Two side Haringey, where he had averaged a point per game over two seasons, after enjoying a similar scoring ratio for the Romford Fury at the old Rom Valley Way ice rink.
The 27-year-old started out in roller hockey, but has proven a capable convert to the ice and after stepping up to join Division One Raiders, he tallied 10 points in 38 appearances last season as a hard-working winger.
A club statement said: “Raiders management saw what they needed to, to request a return for the coming season and feel sure that Sam will feature more on the scoresheets this season with greater ice time.
“Sam had many great games for the Raiders last season and we aim to get that level across more of the season this year. We know about his great work-rate, attitude and powerful shot and want him to have the opportunity to show more of that.”
Roberts is relishing the chance to put on the gold and blue jersey once again as Raiders look to improve on their eighth-place from last season under coach Alan Blyth.
He said: “I’m excited to get back on the ice with the lads and hopefully improve from last year, which was a massive learning curve for me.
“I learnt a lot from some of our key players and coach, that hopefully I can bring into my game this year.
“Moving up a league was a massive step for me in my short four-year ice campaign, but I’m improving every year. I just want to prove that I can be part of the team and show the players and coaching staff and fans that I should be in this league.”
Following the signing of Roberts, the club have also announced that his home, away and ‘Breast Cancer Now’ warm-up jerseys are available for sponsorship.
Anyone interested in supporting this can contact the club through their Facebook page and a spokesman added: “We still have a number of shirts available from previously announced players and give thanks for the support this is receiving and how essential this is to the team’s viability.”
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