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London Raiders coach Sean Easton keen to get started

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 July 2017

Coach Sean Easton shares a joke with the referee (Pic: John W G Scott)

Coach Sean Easton shares a joke with the referee (Pic: John W G Scott)

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London Raiders newly-appointed coach Sean Easton is keen to get the 2017/18 season underway.

The former Chelmsford Chieftains coach is ‘excited’ by the new challenges he will take on this campaign, including the new league format, a new club and improving the team.

The 31-year-old said: “I for one am excited to get games underway in the new league.

“We have a group of players wanting to test themselves against the big boys and also wanting to improve.

“It will be good to visit the ex-EPL teams and pick up on the little details they use on their match night experiences, how they run there teams etc so we can bring in new ideas to improve the Raiders.”

The current Great Britain under-18s assistant coach also admitted building the team was fairly ‘easy’ during the off-season.

“Team building this summer has been an easy task, a few knock back on new faces to the league which I think will change after year one of the new league, once players get an understanding of the team, their ambitions,” he admitted.

“Other than a few knock backs, we have had a lot of interest.

“Players calling me for a spot in the team, which is a great thing as we have signed players that want to, pull on a Raiders shirt.”

Easton has however stated it’s harder to pick-up talent from outside the area without having a team house at the club’s disposal.

“Housing for travelling players or imports is a tough, as we have none to provide but we have found a way round this.

“That is definetly something we will look into for the future, as being able to provide accommodation for travelling British players or imported players will only benefit the quality of the team.”

The former Streatham Redskins and Chelmsford Chieftains defenceman also believes the team will need the fans getting behing them ‘more than ever’ throughout this term.

“We will need you more than ever this year, you have always been great every time I have visited as the opposition and it has always been tough playing in front of you as the opponent,” he admitted.

“We need to make home games an advantage from us, needs to be loud, intimidating for anyone that’s visits to give us that edge.”

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