Raiders add two more

With a full squad getting closer by the week, London Raiders are delighted to announce the return of yet another popular player and he comes with the additional benefit of extensive EPL experience.

Alan Lack has agreed to return and he has to his credit 180 league, cup and play off appearances in the EPL, including being part of the league winning Basingstoke Bison in 2015/16.
Aged 24, and almost a veteran amongst this seasons squad.

Alan progressed through the Bracknell junior system, averaging 1.4 points per game before making his senior debut for the Bracknell Hornets at the age of 16, progressing to make his EPL debut for Bracknell Bees two years later.

In the ENL / NIHL competitions, Alan made 101 appearances for the Hornets, a brief stay of 7 games in 2013/14 for Invicta, before joining the Raiders in January 2016 making his debut in a 3-3 draw with Bracknell Hornets. To date he has made 34 appearances for the Raiders, scoring exactly a point a game with 16 goals and 18 assists. In total he has scored 150 ENL / NIHL points (70 goals and 80 assists) and accumulated 425 penalty minutes.

Since making his EPL debut in 2010/11, Alan made a total of 183 EPL appearances for Bracknell Bees, Slough Jets, Basingstoke Bison and Peterborough Phantoms scoring 42 goals and 48 assists for 90 points and 381 penalty minutes.
Sean Easton spoke of his negotiations with Alan.

“Talking to Alan some time ago and he was adamant that he wanted to be a Raider despite various offers from the “bigger teams” within our league. Lacky will bring us a lot of steel and grit as well as speed and skill. Lacky has a high “compete” level and will do what it takes to win and that’s what our team will be about, 100% effort all the time not knowing when to quit. Alan is also going to help our team with gym programs, running off ice fitness training and nutrition plans using his professional expertise and knowledge to help improve the team.”

Alan was clearly in his default mode of “energised” when he enthused about his return to the club.

“I am really looking forward to the new season coming up. It is going to be a good year especially as the standard has risen. It’s going to be great playing against some of my old EPL teams as well. London Raiders are in for a big season with changes to the team and coaching staff.”

Alan concurred with many of his team mates in that joining the Raiders this season was also with an eye to the future.

“With the new rink coming up returning to Romford is going to be a great experience for all of us. With the new structure and new team mates I believe we are in for a really good year and an opportunity to compete against the big teams this season and next. Bring on September. I can’t wait for it!”

Welcome back Lacky

This weeks “new” signing is 23 year old 5’10“ D-man Sean Barry who ventures away from the Riverside for the first time. Despite being his debut season in the Gold and Blue we suspect that Sean will be comfortable enough since the locker room will probably have a familiar feel to it.

Sean progressed through the Chelmsford junior system before making his senior debut for the Warriors at the age of 16, for whom he made 46 appearances in total picking up 17 assists.
He made his Chieftains debut at the age of 18 in 2012/13 and has been a permanent fixture on the Chelmsford defence in the past three seasons including being ever present in two consecutive seasons.

He has picked up 4 consecutive NIHL S1 league winners medals as well as play off and cup competition medals. In total Sean made 160 Chieftain appearances scoring 4 goals and picking up 50 assists for 54 points.

Sean Easton was ideally placed to give his thoughts on the new recruit.

“Sean is our second new face to Raiders this year and is a great team guy, easy going and great within any team. Positive and not intimidated by any challenge. Sean again will compete hard, and wants to win all the time. High hockey intelligence let’s him read the game very well. His speed and agility makes him an asset to our team.”

Sean was keen to start his thoughts with some credit towards the Chelmsford organisation.

“I would like to thank Derek and Karen and the Chieftains supporters for the past few seasons. After speaking to Sean over the past few weeks I’m looking forward to getting on the ice with the new team and challenging for some silverware. I can’t wait to get on the ice in front of the Gold and Blue army!”

Welcome to the Raiders Sean

Both shirts are now available for sponsorship and Mel will no doubt be updating fans with the contact details for the fans to engage in this vital fund raising part of the fans run team.

So that’s 10 forwards and 6 D already announced for the Raiders and the squad is already looking stronger that we have seen in recent years.

These and others will be parading for your delectation at the forthcoming meet the players evening which is scheduled for Friday 8th September at the Noak Hill Sports Centre. Be sure to watch out for further announcements on this and all shirt sponsors will have the opportunity to present “their” shirts to the players in true own and loan style.

Now we wouldn’t want a player not being presented with a shirt so please check out the sponsorship list and make sure none of them look like the boy that Santa forgot!