Raiders secure Turner prize
PUBLISHED: 10:45 19 May 2011
Forward returns from rivals
Matt Turner has agreed to return to Romford Raiders for the 2011/12 English National League season.
Talented forward Turner helped Chelmsford lift the ENL play-off title last month, after knocking Romford out in the semi-finals.
But he will be back at Rom Valley Way in the autumn after agreeing terms with player-coach Danny Marshall.
“We’re particularly pleased Matt has chosen to come back to Romford,” said team manager Mick Cahill.
“I honestly think he would’ve stayed last season, if we had been able to confirm our ENL status earlier. Ollie and I spoke to him literally on the way back from the EIHA meeting in Bracknell where we were elected to the league, but Matt had agreed a deal with Chelmsford and is not the sort to go back on his word.”
Turner made his Raiders debut in 2007/08, after scoring 43 points in 26 games for the Romford Spitfires in ENL Division Two.
He went on to make 51 appearances the following season, scoring 12 points (8+4) as Raiders climbed off the bottom of the table under previous coach Jesse Hammill to win 13 home games on the trot and qualify for the play-offs.
And Turner was named Player of the Year at the end of a difficult 2009/10 campaign, after scoring 32 points (14+18) in 54 appearances for Raiders, who finished in last place.
He collected 50 points (23+27) in 40 league games for Chelmsford this season and will add notable scoring punch to Romford’s offence.
Cahill added: “Matt came up through the Chelmsford junior programme but played with Raiders in the EPL for three seasons and we considered him one of our own.
“I’m sure he enjoyed his play-off winning campaign at the Riverside, but despite playing a key role in the Chieftains success last year, he has decided his immediate future lies at Rom Valley Way.
“Ollie has known Matt and his family since his junior days and through roller hockey so it was a blow to lose him last year, but that disappointment can now be forgotten.
“We know this will be a popular signing with the other players and with Romford supporters. Matt’s ability and attitude fits in exactly with Danny’s aspirations and team ethic. It’s great to have him back!”
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