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Raiders add young duo

PUBLISHED: 12:43 07 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:43 07 June 2015

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders have announced the signing of two young players for their 2015/16 National League campaign.

Having already revealed the returns of captain Tom Davis, David Oliver and Alan Lack, as well as the signing of new import Michal Oravec, the Lee Valley-based club have added Sebastian Downing and Bailey Chittock to their roster.

Downing, 18, played for junior teams at Romford, winning the National under-16 title under coach Alan Blyth, and also represented the South East Conference and England, scoring 31 points in 18 games for Chelmsford’s under-18s as alternate captain last season.

A club statement said: “At 5’10” Sebastian is an energetic skater of a style Raiders fans have come to love and will surely chip in with several points this coming season.

“While to those who do not follow the junior game his name may be unknown we suspect this will be a breakthrough season for Seb and next season may see more competition for his signing.”

Chittock captained Chelmsford under-18s last season, as well as the South East under-17s, and made appearances for the senior Chieftains, netting against Raiders at the Riverside Ice Arena.

Another former England junior, Chittock stands six foot tall and is described as a “powerful skater”.

A Raiders spokesperson said: “Bailey’s bullet of a shot will foruntately be directed towards the opposing netminder this seaosn and he helps Raiders continue their policy of bringing encouraging young talent through to the senior ranks of the NIHLS.”

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