Raiders return for Chong
PUBLISHED: 12:13 25 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:13 25 June 2015
Forward agrees to stay at Lee Valley
London Raiders have announced the return of influential British forward Liam Chong for the 2015/16 National League season.
The 23-year-old joined midway through the last campaign, when the Lee Valley-based outfit were in the middle of a 19-game losing run.
And he helped them qualify for the play-offs with a string of assured performances at both ends of the end.
Currently studying physiotherapy in London, having had spells in the English Premier League with Basingstoke and Manchester, Chong played some of his junior career for Romford age group teams at the old Rom Valley Way rink, scoring more than 100 points in just 27 games.
A club statement said: “Liam brought some energy and versatility to the team last season and many will remember his switch to defence on the Isle of Wight, which was seen as a fundamental reason for an unexpected win.
“We certainly know what we get with Liam and effort is high on the list.
“We think with a line that gels, his points production will rise this season, altjough it’s also true that the opposition are aware of his threat and may try to put him off his game.”
Chong scored 33 points in 28 appearances last season, playing mostly alongside Slovaian import Jakub Kostelansky, who is not returning, and Jacob Ranson, who has joined rivals Invicta.
The statement added: “That points production was enough to see Liam awarded with Forward of the Year at last season’s presentations evening.
“With some new linemates this season, many will be expecting even greater things from the ex-GB junior.”