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Raiders announce return of young forwards Baldock and Sylvester for 2018/19 season

PUBLISHED: 08:05 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:05 25 May 2018

Forward Ollie Baldock in action for Raiders last season (Pic: John Scott)

Forward Ollie Baldock in action for Raiders last season (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders have announced the re-signings of forwards Ollie Baldock and Jake Sylvester for the 2018/19 season.

The pair of youngsters return for their second season in the gold and blue outfit after impressing in their debut campaigns at the club.

The 20-year-old Baldock picked up the Forward of the Year award at the club’s end of season presentation evening, along with Juraj Huska.

He made 44 appearances for the Raiders, missing just two games including the final play-off game through injury, and picked up a total of 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points.

“I’m over the moon to be back in gold and blue. Last season was great, exceeding the expectations set on us, finishing fourth and playing in a brand new rink made my first year as a Raider a memorable one,” Baldock said.

“After such a great season last year, I was adamant that there was only one club I wanted to play for this season.”

Baldock admits he is also keen to play in the play-offs after being ruled out with injury in his first three seasons at senior level.

“I never really set targets for myself other than to play my best week in week out, but over the last three years I’ve managed to pick up injuries in the back-end of the season and still haven’t been able to play in the play-offs properly.”

Sylvester also returns for a second season after injury interrupted his debut season .

The 20-year-old made 38 Raiders appearances despite being out injured for a month after breaking his wrist against Cardiff Fire.

The former Romford junior netted 17 times and added 13 assists for a total of 30 points.

Sylvester left Romford when the old Rom Valley Way rink closed and moved up the A12 to Chelmsford to progress his career.

He made his Chieftains debut in 2014/15 and went on to play 82 times, scoring 32 goals and 30 assists for 62 points, picking up a clutch of trophies.

“I’m very happy to be returning to the gold and blue after a big learning year last year,” he said.

“I think we proved a lot of people wrong and from the start of season to the end we definitely improved.”

*Raiders also announced they will field a second string in the 15-team Division Two next term. See our website for more.

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