Romford boys return to Raiders

Allen and Kaylor back at Rom Valley Way

Romford Raiders have announced two new signings for the 2012/13 ice hockey season, but both are familiar faces.

Fast-skating forward Joe Allen returns to Rom Valley Way after missing last season’s league and trophy-winning campaign.

And goalie Charlie Kaylor will also be back in gold and blue, having last appeared for the club in their English Premier League campaign of 2009/10.

Raiders team boss Mick Cahill is delighted to welcome the duo back and said: “This is part of a new chapter for Joe and although there’s no real substitute for game play, we hope he will be able to shake off some of the rustiness in pre-season.

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“Although Joe shines on the forecheck, he will also bring us some real speed. He works hard and is a terrific penalty killer too so will give some variety to the special teams if Danny needs some fresh legs.”

Kaylor, 21, enjoyed a matchwinning debut between the pipes for the senior side at Sheffield, after a brief spell with Slough Jets.

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But, as Romford’s shortbenched side slipped to a string of defeats in the latter stages of the season, Kaylor suffered a hamstring injury and ruled himself out of action as he started a law degree.

He will compete with Shane Kemp for the starting spot and Cahill added: “As soon as we heard Charlie was thinking of strapping his pads on again we were very keen to get him back to Romford and I’m thrilled we have such a good netminding duo as our last line of defence.

“Charlie was an outstanding junior for Romford, before spending four years in Canada. On his return to the UK he signed for Slough but later came back to Romford in a swap deal with Joe Myers.

“Charlie made his mark immediately and was instrumental is gaining our only road victory of the year at Sheffield.

“We didn’t have too much to celebrate in our last EPL season but that night was an exception.

“He’s big, young and really talented. On top of that he’s another Romford boy and I think he’s a great hire for the Raiders.

“People might be wondering where all of this leaves Glen Jackson who has been a loyal team member and vital part of the roster.

“Glen’s weekend work schedule now means he’ll find it difficult to commit to a full season, but he’ll continue to train with us and has offered to be on hand if we need a netminder.

“It’s the best of both worlds really because this arrangement suits Glen well and also makes us very happy that he’s still part of the Raiders set-up.”

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