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Young Raiders defenceman Burnett keen to develop his game in Division Two squad

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 September 2018

Callum Burnett (pic John Scott)

Callum Burnett (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett is keen for the new Division Two squad to follow in the first team’s footsteps and challenge for honours this season.

The new team has been created around a handful of young prospects including Burnett, who will be on two-way deals to allow them also to step up and play for the Raiders this campaign.

It also features plenty of former Raiders players, including the likes of Alan Lack, Sam Roberts and import Kamil Kinkor.

“As a second team, when we got on the ice the other night, we said this is something we all want, we all want to perform just as much as the first team are because we’re a new team in the league.

“There is going to be high expectations for us so we want to push and give it a good go as well as them.”

The 17-year-old knows it will be a busy season for himself and the other prospects Tommy Huggett, Brad Windebank, Dan Hitchings, Zach Grandy-Smith, Ewan Hill and Brandon Webster.

“It is going to be busy, but it’s all part of my development, I’m happy to transfer it to both teams,” added Burnett.

“It will give me a bit more ice-time and a bit more wisdom about the game so when I do come up to the Raiders I know what I’m doing and more wise on the puck.

“It’s good for the other guys who are doing the same as well.”

The former Campion School student is also backing the youngsters to step up and perform in both teams if given their chances.

He added: “We’ve got pretty much a little line of development players together. We’ve played with each other before in juniors and hopefully we can put that knowledge we have of playing with each other into the games.

“Then develop ourselves, get our ice time, and it’s all about knowing the game and knowing what to do on the puck and when someone is on you. For all of us it’s the best thing.”

Burnett is also hoping to be a key figure on the second team’s defensive line-up this season.

“I would like to think that I’ll be a key figure, I want to step up and be a voice in that team, but also to be effective on the ice and do a good job,” he said.

“Again, develop my game personally but benefit the team in the same way as well.”

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