Raiders grant Taylor return spot

Forward back at Rom Valley Way for another year

Grant Taylor is the latest player to agree a return to Romford Raiders for the 2012/13 National Ice Hockey League season.

Taylor came up through the junior ranks at Rom Valley Way, becoming the first player to progress from under-10s to seniors, and won an English Premier League play-off title in 2001.

The hard-working centre added a pair of EPL Cup winners medals in 2002 and 2005, while also getting the call to double-up and play for Elite League outfit Belfast.

And he returned from a two-year break last term to help Danny Marshall’s Raiders win an English National League and South East Trophy double, scoring 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 39 matches.

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The announcement of Taylor’s return follows hot on the heels of linemate JJ McGrath, and team manager Mick Cahill said: “It was great to see Grant back in a Raiders shirt last season and I think he had a terrific return.

“He was still a hard-working, big-hitting guy but he got a whole heap faster in the time he was away from the sport and that was a quality new to his game.

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“G brings a lot to the party. He’s a home-grown Romford boy who plays a physical game and isn’t afraid to step up when needed.

“He is an outstanding penalty killer, among the best in the league in my view, and a real pain to the opposition when he’s on the fore-check.

“More than that, Grant was another one who put away some vital goals for us.”

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