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Raiders defenceman Cooper anticipates a good season in Romford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 September 2018

Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper in action against Bracknell Bees (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper in action against Bracknell Bees (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper is anticipating a good season as they play their first full campaign at Romford’s new Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Romford-based Cooper, who played for Romford juniors, is excited about playing back where he started playing the sport.

“I think it’s going to be a good season, I think Sean (Easton) has put together a good team this year and I think we could push for silverware,” he said.

“Being able to play back in the town where I was first introduced to hockey is a blessing. Rom Valley Way was home to me for many years and will always be my favourite ice rink.

“Being away for a few years has made the return to Romford even greater.

“We are starting to form our new rink into the fortress Rom Valley Way was and the crowd of fans we are getting each week is helping massively.”

The 22-year-old defenceman also revealed the changing room chat is about pushing for silverware this season and making it to the Coventry play-off finals weekend.

“That’s what has been said – we need to aim for some silverware and hopefully get to the Coventry play-off finals this year as that’s the big one and that’s what we want to get too.”

The former Albany School pupil is also keen to improve his own game this term and chip in with more points.

“Maybe just be more confident on the puck, move the puck a little bit more and hopefully get a few more points this year,” he added.

Cooper has had a strange pre-season after being caught by team-mate Blahoslav Novak’s skate in training – leaving him needing stitches above the eye.

But that didn’t stop him from getting straight back out on the ice and donning the gold and blue for the club’s Legends match.

“It wasn’t the ideal start to pre-season but we’re back now and we’ve got the first game under our belts. I know it was only a Legends game, but I think it built a bit of chemistry between the boys and we’re ready to go now.

“All the new guys that have come in are all lovely and good motivators.”

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