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Raiders announce Blyth’s return

PUBLISHED: 10:08 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:37 13 May 2015

Alan Blyth looks on from the London Raiders bench (pic: Danny Oxley)

Alan Blyth looks on from the London Raiders bench (pic: Danny Oxley)

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Coach at helm for 2015/16

London Raiders have announced the reappointment of coach Alan Blyth for the 2015/16 season.

Blyth, 30, recently coached the South East under-11s at the Junior Conference finals but has been busy talking to players about the new term.

A club statement said: “We welcome Alan back and are sure that given a better preparation he can build upon last season’s results and look forward to adding to the core of the team.

“There is no individual financial backer again this year and we will be as reliant as we were last season on shirt sponsorships and pledges to make sure we can start the season.

“Only the last minute involvement of Havering Council got us past the post last season. We hope to not be in that position again this year but that can only happen with the continued support of the fans.

“Similarly those that made pledges last season will be contacted again to see if their support will be possible again this season.

“Last season we managed to stick to the budget and despite a number of banana skins the books showed we were pretty well bang on prediction, just breaking even.

“So any thoughts that this is a cash rich team are far from the mark. The budgets are well managed and will need to be equally so next season.

“We have all said many times that bums on seats are at least as valuable as any sponsor and again this season we will be calling on the fan base to help us manage campaigns to attract more groups, schools, scouts and similar.

“We had many offers of assistance on this last season but to be blunt, very little in the way of physical assistance.

“That will be even more important this season as at least one of the directors will find it impossible to inject the effort he did last season.

“Last season saw an increase in average attendance, but clearly many of those were low-price offers. We hope many of those return at full price this year, but again all avenues will be approached to increase further the fan base.”

The club hope to make announcements on playing signings soon, but three-time player of the year Jacob Ranson has revealed he will not be returning to Lee Valley.

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