It has been a great week for Raiders announcements so it is a shame to dampen the weekend with news of a departure. Sam Roberts has sadly been granted his release after requesting it earlier this week.
Sam joined the Raiders prior to the start of the 2015/16 season from Haringey Racers and made his Raiders debut at the start of the 2015/16 season in the home game against Streatham Redskins and went on to make a total of 107 appearances for the Raiders in all competitions (ranked 59th in all time appearances), including 78 league appearances. Sam scored 8 goals and 15 assists for 23 points (ranked 142nd overall).
Sam was the only Raiders ever present in all games in season 2016/7, and in his time at the Raiders he missed a total of only six games. And during last season picked up the awards as ”Ironman” and Coach’s Player of the Year.
Sam was a late starter in ice hockey having started in roller and did not make a competitive ice appearance until 22 years of age for Romford Fury. For the Fury he made 38 appearances in NIHL2, scoring 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points. Following the closure of RVW, Sam moved to Haringey where he ice for the Racers for two seasons making another 38 appearances, scoring 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points before moving back to the Raiders.
Sam cites personal reasons and time restraints for his departure as he explained.
Sadly my time as a Raider has been cut short and what an amazing time it has been. Without a doubt the best club I’ve played for and been a part of. There are a few reasons for dropping out and moving down a league. My main ones are the restrictions it places on seeing my son and having to leave him both days when I do have him puts strain on our amazing relationship. It’s not fair on him as he is my best buddie and i don’t see him enough as it is. Also having a new baby and family with Rachael not being able to do family stuff with them is also hard and she deserves that too. I’m no spring chicken anymore and it takes its toll playing so regularly at this level. I wanna say a massive thanks to all the Raiders organisation and mostly the fans who make it an amazing team to play for. I wish the boys the best of luck with the rest of the season and i will see you all soon.
Sam always gave his all on the ice and has rightly become very popular with the Gold and Blue. We wish him well with life on and off the ice and look forward to visits from him and his family whenever they can squeeze in some time to come back to see a Raiders game.