Raiders show faith in Shane
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 June 2012
Goalie Kemp returns to Rom Valley Way
Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall has moved quickly to snap up goalie Shane Kemp.
Former Romford junior Kemp returns to Rom Valley Way after impressing for Streatham last season, following the news that Michael Gray would be unavailable due to work commitments.
And team boss Mick Cahill was more than happy to welcome the 22-year-old back to gold and blue.
He said: “I’m very pleased that Danny has gone for Kempy as one of his goalies.
“When I heard that Shane and Marsh were talking I was really excited and hopeful that we’d be able to reach a deal as I really rate him.
“Kempy has been an outstanding talent for some time and has certainly always performed well against us.
“With no disrespect to his previous teams, he’s had to face a hell of a lot of rubber in recent seasons but has still produced impressive stats.”
Kemp walked off with a handful of awards for Streatham in 2009, before moving to Invicta.
And he posted a save percentage of 91.14 in his lone campaign with the Dynamos, conceding an average of just 2.84 goals per game before returning to south London.
Kemp backstopped the Redskins to a fifth-placed finish in 2011 and continued to impress last term, earning a man of the match award against Raiders.
Cahill added: “Having come up through the Romford junior programme, we had Shane on the Raiders’ books when he was just 16 and he’s gained good experience at Slough, Invicta and Streatham in the last five years.
“He may not be the biggest goalie around, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with his positioning, movement and reactions.
“He’s a Romford boy and it’s good to welcome another one home.”