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Marshall: Few spots to fill at Raiders

PUBLISHED: 08:45 07 May 2011

Raiders coach Danny Marshall is talking to new players

Raiders coach Danny Marshall is talking to new players

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Coach expects most of squad to return next season

Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall expects there to be only a handful of new faces on his roster in 2011/12.

Marshall led Raiders to a third-place finish in the English National League this season, before they were edged out of the play-off semi-finals by rivals Chelmsford.

And he does not want to make too many changes as the club chase silverware next term.

He said: “It’s still early days and players don’t like to commit this early, in case they get offers elsewhere.

“Coaches want to sign them early, but I can understand why they don’t want to commit too soon.

“I’m pretty certain the majority of the players I want will be back, but I’ve got a few spots open and I’ve already been speaking to players I want.”

Former Romford junior Liam Chong has left Invicta to move up to the English Premier League at Basingstoke and Marshall added: “I would’ve tried to get Liam, but I thought he’d go up to the EPL.

“Frankie Harvey could go up, but he would probably get put on a third line and not get played a lot, so how does that benefit him?

“This league is getting so much better and a lot of EPL players are dropping down, but some want a lot of money.”

Former MK Lightning and Great Britain forward Gary Clarke has been linked with a player-coach position at Chelmsford, but whether or not that leads to a big turnover in playing staff at the Riverside remains to be seen.


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