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Raiders add more young blood

PUBLISHED: 08:52 02 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 02 August 2013

Jacob Ranson will line up for Raiders in the 2013-14 season

Jacob Ranson will line up for Raiders in the 2013-14 season

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Phillips and Ranson added to roster

Charlie Phillips (left) has been added to the Raiders roster for the new seasonCharlie Phillips (left) has been added to the Raiders roster for the new season

Romford youngsters Charlie Phillips and Jacob Ranson have been added to the Raiders roster for the 2013-14 campaign.

And player-coach Danny Marshall is hoping to see the home-grown talent flourish under his guidance at the club’s new temporary Lee Valley home.

Phillips, younger brother of Raiders defenceman Billy, has been selected for GB under-18s, at the age of 16, while Ranson has returned from spells in Canada and Sweden to rejoin his home-town club.

Marshall said: “I have seen Charlie play and I know he has talent. He is a strong-minded individual on the ice which translates into big hits and also allows him to maintain a solid defense system.

“He is certainly not the type of player to shy away from a challenge, that’s for sure. He knows the games are going to be harder, faster and more physical, but he is prepared for this.

“Charlie has an amazing CV for his age and has made the most of the hockey education he has received so far. He is another great example of the youth development at Rom Valley Way.

“I know we are going to be asking a lot from Charlie this season but I have no doubt he will thrive upon the challenge.

“Jacob is another junior with an amazing CV. He has travelled to more places than I ever did to increase his ability as an ice hockey player.

“He has received good training and has put in endless hours to grow as a player.

“A lot is expected of you as a forward in this league and Jacob knows the pressures he will face. He will be surrounded by very experienced forwards who can lead by example and support him.

“I’ve spoken to them individually and I’m comfortable they are mentally prepared for senior hockey.

“This is a great opportunity for them, I’m expecting them to learn from the more experienced guys on the team to help further their careers.

“I know they have skill and their passion to perform is enough for me to offer them this chance to show off their capabilities.

“Charlie and Jacob will give the team a youthful, energetic twist and I expect all the fans and players to support these guys during such a transition.”

Team boss Mick Cahill was also delighted to see the two youngsters added to the roster, saying: “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to recruit two young players of real pedigree to the new Raiders team.

“Their ability is the thing that unites them but otherwise, they couldn’t be much more different.

“Charlie is one of the most talented blueliners of his generation and came up through the ranks at Rom Valley Way.

“He captained Romford and the South East Conference teams throughout the juniors, wore the ‘A’ for England at under-11, under-13 and under-15 level and, despite the fact that he’s only 16, has already been selected for the GB under-18 squad.

“Charlie could have gone to any one of half a dozen teams who were after him and it’s a feather in Marsh’s cap that Charlie has stayed in gold and blue.

“Jacob will have just turned 18 when the season starts but played in the National Finals for Romford at under-12 and under-14 level, lining up with JJ Pitchley.

“Jacob then took a huge career step by going out to British Columbia to attend the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey School.

“He was in Canada for three years and played alongside Dave Whistle’s son, Jackson, and Curtis Lazar who has just been drafted as a 1st round pick by Ottawa Senators.

“By his own admission, Jacob learnt a lot about the game and himself in Canada. When he graduated and came back to the UK, he then took the opportunity to play for Mjolby in Sweden’s under-18 league where finesse is an important attribute.

“It’s a really rounded hockey schooling and we’re delighted that pulling on a Raiders shirt will be Jacob’s next step.”


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