Raiders return for Ranson
In a surprise move anticipated by nobody , The London Raiders are delighted to welcome back Jacob Ranson after his sojourn south of the river.
Jacobâ€™s work rate is never in question and his game revolves around that and has been responsible for awards at his last two end of season gatherings.
If a lost cause needs to be chased Jacob is your man and that tenacity and sheer â€œpain in the arseâ€ mentality has resulted in many a turn-over, picked-pocket and opportunity in front of goal. His speed will continue to catch out the opposition and with the solid D core, and fellow speedy forwards the Raiders game will be a little different from previous seasons.
Jacob recorded a single point when he played for the Raiders in 2013-14 aged 17. Moving to MK at the end of that season he upped that to 5. Completing the 2014-15 season with a weakened Raiders he increased his tally again to 16 and with a relatively strong Invicta last year he moved on to 20 points. We can all see where this is leading and at 20 years of age we are optimistic for a continuation of that progress.
Jacob added â€œI want to finish where I left off, as there is unfinished business for me in the Gold and Blue. I want to help bring back the successful Raiders I grew up watching. I’ve spoken with Blythy a lot since the season ended and the team he’s putting together looks very exciting. Iâ€™m hoping I can help the side break back into the top four and slowly bring back success ready for the move back to Romford.
â€œIâ€™m certainly looking forward to being back on a team with players like Francey, Tommy D, Michael Gray and of course Coops, who Iâ€™ve played with since under 10â€™s. It will be also be nice to play on the same team as Julian Smith, as heâ€™s never liked me as opponent.â€
That irritation of the opposition without needing to resort to underhand tactics bears out his on ice determination.
Coach Alan Blyth was pleased to see the return of the former Romford Junior.
â€œWe had to work hard to get Jacob back in this native Gold and Blue shirt this year. Last year we unfortunately couldn’t agree personal terms however I am delighted to say that he is back home this season. Jacob is a hard working forward who always causes you problems as he has a never say die attitude to chasing the puck. He likes to get in corners and win pucks from under the oppositions noses and last season was a real thorn in the Raiders side when ever we played against him. Was a fans favourite back in 2014/2015 and Iâ€™m sure that this will be no different this season. A product of the Junior System at RVW who plays with the passion that all of the Juniors that were taught and still carry with them.
Welcome back Jacob and good luck with the continuation of the points progression!