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Raiders forward Novak excited about being back in England

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2018

Danny Marshall and Blaho Novak

Danny Marshall and Blaho Novak

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Everyone Active Raiders new signing Blahoslav Novak is excited about returning to England to play and feels he is already settling in with his new team, writes Jacob Ranson.

The 25-year-old Slovakian spent a part of his junior career at Chelmsford, before breaking into the Chieftains line-up as a youngster.

The centreman then opted for a move back home for three seasons before returning to play for the Telford Tigers in the now defunct English Premier League for two seasons.

Novak has played in Norway and Slovakia since, but is now keen to get started at the Romford-based side.

“It’s nice to be back, I’ve been following the league while I was away too, so it’s nice to be back and I still have my family over here so I can meet them more often,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the season, if you look at the team I know many of these guys from before when I played in the UK.

“We have a very good team so it’s going to be a very successful year.”

The forward is setting the bar high and feels head coach Sean Easton’s squad must be challenging for honours this campaign.

“We’ve got to aim for the highest, I know the other teams are also building good teams and have some good players, but we want to go for the top places for sure.”

Novak feels the side is already building good chemisty during pre-season training and says it hasn’t been hard for him to adjust back to the English game.

“It takes time always, but I think the chemistry is already starting, and I know most of the guys on the team, so it hasn’t been tough at all.

“It’s just been maybe a few days getting used to talking in English, but it’s been good so far.”

He also revealed he has set personal targets to be a solid team player this campaign.

“I always try to have a target to achieve, I don’t aim for the most goals on the team or nothing like this, as a centre I want to play the best forward and back role,” he added.

“I want to give everything to the team and not concede many goals, as well as try to be involved in the play for the ones that we score as much as I can.

“I have a little target of how many points I want, but it won’t make a difference to how I play.”

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