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Raiders to get more from Oliver

PUBLISHED: 08:26 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:26 20 May 2015

David Oliver and Chris Douglas compare notes at Streatham (pic: John Scott)

David Oliver and Chris Douglas compare notes at Streatham (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman agrees return for 2015/16

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver has a quiet word with the referee (pic: John Scott)London Raiders defenceman David Oliver has a quiet word with the referee (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders have announced the return of home-grown British defenceman David Oliver for the 2015/16 National League season.

Having already revealed coach Alan Blyth and captain Tom Davis would be back at Lee Valley in the autumn, the club have added Oliver to their roster as they look to build on the achievements of the recent campaign.

A club statement said: “David’s heart is clearly with the team he grew up with and whilst we never like to assume our stalwarts will return, it is reassuring to get their seal of approval on the plans the team have.”

Oliver began last season with the club, but then had a brief spell at Streatham.

Following the departure of player-coach Danny Marshall, import Jakub Klima, AJ Smith, Perry Richardson and Mike Brabon, he returned to the gold and blue and helped Raiders climb off the bottom of the table to reach the play-offs.

He added: “It’s great being back, I’m looking forward to a great full season with London.

“We have Alan on the bench running things from the start and with the team he is putting together I’m sure we will have a successful season on and off the ice.

“Players come and go from teams, but I know come September time we will have a great ice hockey team going for silverware.”

The club statement continued: “We know what we get with David and if there is a shot to be blocked or a forward to be tied up, he will give his all.

“If the rest of the squad show the same determination we will do ok.”

Meanwhile, fellow defenceman Matt France has decided to sign for Chelmsford, who have snapped up former Raiders import forward Juraj Huska from Invicta and are also expected to add Anthony Leone to their squad.

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