Raiders return for Pitchley
London Raiders have persuaded former Romford junior JJ Pitchley to return to a gold and blue jersey for the 2016/17 National League season.
Pitchley came up through the ranks at Rom Valley Way to represent the senior side, before enjoying a spell with rivals Bracknell.
And the forward is delighted to be back with his home-town club for the new campaign, saying: â€œIâ€™m excited and happy to be back in gold and blue, itâ€™s where it all began for me 17 years ago at Rom Valley Way and I canâ€™t wait to get back in the new rink.
â€œIâ€™ve been away from the Raiders for a few years now, gained some great experience from both playing in the States and in the EPL and itâ€™s grown me and my game in so many positive ways.
â€œIâ€™m home for good now and itâ€™s time to start building for the future of the Raiders for when we get back in Romford. Iâ€™m a Romford boy through and through so Iâ€™m glad I can be a part of those plans moving forward and get the Raiders back to the glory days as I remember, hopefully back in the EPL!
â€œFor now itâ€™s about counting down the days until September and working hard to make sure Iâ€™m as ready as ever.
â€œItâ€™s great to see a very strong side being put together for a title challenging year.â€
Coach Alan Blyth was similarly pleased to bring Pitchley back into the ranks, adding: â€œJJ showed his intentions to return to the Raiders very early in the off season.
â€œHis undeniable talent and eye for a goal always gives you a threat in the opposition zone and with his mature head on young shoulders will provide a role model for the younger supporters and players alike to aspire to.
â€œJJ will be a huge asset to the team this year. Heâ€™s another product of the junior system at Rom Valley Way who has travelled far and wide to help his game progress further.â€
Raiders have also announced that goalie Ryan Bainborough is unable to return this season.
A statement said: â€œRyan intends to pursue plans away from hockey and is unable to commit at this time. Due to injury the Raiders were unable to see Ryanâ€™s full potential last season, but we wish him well and hope to be chatting with again in the future.â€
Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder