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Raiders captain Connolly expects big season as new club look for title push

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 September 2018

Aaron Connolly on the puck

Aaron Connolly on the puck

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Newly-appointed Everyone Active Raiders captain Aaron Connolly is expecting a big season for the club and can’t wait to get started.

Aaron Connolly and Jon BeckettAaron Connolly and Jon Beckett

The 25-year-old, who joined the Romford-based outfit in the summer from National League rivals Basingstoke Bison, is used to winning titles after sealing the treble last term.

And the forward is now keen to add to his medal collection at his new team and believes they have the squad to be able to achieve that goal.

“I really can’t wait to get started. We’ve been skating for a few weeks now, and the boys are all starting to gel on and off the ice so it’s exciting times.

“I can’t wait to get going properly now.”

The former Slough Jets and Invicta Dynamos man also revealed he doesn’t set personal targets any more but says the team have big ambitions.

“Not from my point of view, but as a team we want to be up there, we want to be winning trophies, I don’t think that’s unreasonable with the guys we’ve got,” he said.

“I think if we all buy in then it’s achievable and that’s certainly our goal.

“I used to set personal targets, not so much now, if the team is successful that’s what matters. I’ll do whatever role I need to play to make the team successful and that’s the way I see it.”

Connolly is backing the squad to be strong and feels they are already building strong relationships in the changing room, adding: “It’s really good, there is a lot of different pieces to the puzzle, so we’re going to be a good team as long as we buy in. We’ll be good as we’ve got a bit of everything.

“The boys are gelling well in the dressing room, so it’s going to be a good year.”

Connolly is honoured to have been named captain but says it came as a shock after only just joining the club, while also praising the club’s facilities.

“It’s obviously an honour to be a captain in any team, I was a bit surprised when Sean first asked me, but I’ll take pride in that and do the best job I possibly can.

“I remember last year coming here as an opposing player and it gets loud, the fans are on top of you, and I can’t wait for them to be behind me now.

“The facilities are unbelievable. I don’t personally think there is any better in the league, maybe Streatham, but it’s unbelievable and a privilege to be here.”

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