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London Raiders return for goalie Michael Gray

PUBLISHED: 23:04 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 23:35 21 May 2016

London Raiders goalie Michael Gray (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders goalie Michael Gray (pic: John Scott)

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Record-holder back between the posts for 2016/17

London Raiders have announced the return of goalie Michael Gray for the 2016/17 National League season.

And the 26-year-old Gray, who has made 201 appearances for the club and holds a host of records, was delighted to be back for another campaign.

He told the club’s Facebook page: “Having just bought gold and blue kit I didn’t really have a lot of option but to return to the Raiders!

“I love playing for this club and the fans after all theri hard work to keep the team going.

“I aim to keep going for as many years as possible to prove to the fans I am not as old as some of them think I am!”

Gray made his Raiders debut in November 2008 and has also played for Slough, Chelmsford, Streatham and Invicta during his senior career.

He has more league appearances (155) for Raiders than any other goalie, as well as most minutes played (9,433), most league minutes (6,985), most saves (5,348) and most saves (3,977).

And although he has been known to lose his cool at times, Gray has bounced back well from a knee injury that hampered his playing time in 2014/15.

A club statement said: “Michael seemed to be back to his best. You know what you get with Michael. He is passionate about the team and vocal when on ice or supporting from the bench.

“When on his game he can be a game winner for sure.”

Gray is the second player to confirm their commitment to the Lee Valley-based club, following captain Tom Davis and bench coach Alan Blyth.

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