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Raiders welcome Buckman back

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 June 2012

Jason Buckman will be back at Romford Raiders next season

Jason Buckman will be back at Romford Raiders next season

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Fourth season for utility man

Jason Buckman is coming back to Romford Raiders for a fourth season.

The experienced all-rounder first joined the club in 2009, when Jesse Hammill was head coach.

And although that season ended with the wooden spoon in the English Premier League, Buckman helped the Rom Valley Way club rebuild at English National League level and land a league and trophy double last season.

Raiders team boss Mick Cahill said: “This is Bucky’s fourth year at Romford and his versatility and overall contribution make him pretty much a must-have player.

“You know what you get with JB and that is a great attitude and 100 per cent effort every shift.”

Buckman was originally brought to the club by Hammill as a hard-working third line forward and claimed an Ironman award after appearing in all 56 matches that term.

He has since helped out more on defence for Danny Marshall’s side over the past two seasons, without complaints.

Cahill continued: “It’s a standing joke in the dressing room how much Bucky wants to revert to being a forward so, as usual, we expect him to whinge and whine about playing on D.

“But I suspect that’s what Danny will ask him to do, maybe just to spite him!

“Seriously, wherever JB plays, we know it will be with full commitment.”

Near ever-present Buckman was hit with that suspension after a high-sticking call at Invicta last season.

But he is closing in on the club’s all-time top 20 appearance makers.

Cahill added: “JB is old school; people suffer knocks, aches and pains but he just gets on with it. The three certainties in life are death, taxes and Jason Buckman dressing for the game.

“I think the only one he’s missed since he joined the Raiders was when he was serving one-match ban. He’s a true team player and I’m absolutely delighted he’s back.”

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