Raiders announce two more returnees
PUBLISHED: 09:15 15 June 2015
Blyth brings back duo
London Raiders have announced the return of two more young players for the 2015/16 National League season.
Defenceman Stevie Dunnage and forward TJ Fillery have agreed to stay with Alan Blyth’s Lee Valley-based outfit as Raiders look to build on last season’s eighth-placed finish.
A club statement said: “Stevie appeared part way through last season in an effort to help shore up a leaky and threadbare defence.
“As Raiders were his first team since recovering from back injury it was a brave move by all parties and Stevie came through the test unscathed and gained some friends and admirers along the way.
“He is not the tallest on the roster, but that was rarely an obstacle as his game awareness and positioning makes up for lack of size.
“We look forward to witnessing his game progress still further as he puts more time between his games and his injury.
“TJ is also back and will no doubt please his many fans in the terraces.
“TJ’s ice time was limited last season, but each shift he was given was filled with effort.
“Raiders will be hoping for a few more points on the board for TJ this season and with his determination and energy we fully expect that to happen.
“As a developing player, given less than ideal ice time, TJ was the model player, never complaining but always ready to do any job asked of him. TJ did have other opportunities this season, but we are delighted he has decided to stick with the Raiders for another year.”
The duo join captain Tom Davis, David Oliver, goalie Michael Gray, import Michal Oravec, Alan Lack, Mason Webster, Seb Downing and Bailey Chittock on the growing roster for the new campaign.