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


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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