ICE HOCKEYWIGHTLINK Raiders’ player-coach Jeremy Cornish has pledged his services to the club for another season.
And the import forward has moved quickly to begin preparations for next season, announcing the signing of Welsh forward Corey Watkins, from rivals Invicta Dynamos.
The 22 year old, who is known throughout the league for his big hits, began his career with Cardiff ENL Devils, but has been with the Dynamos for two years.
Last year, he scored four goals and 20 assists, with 142 penalty minutes.
Jeremy said: "I tried to sign Corey last year, but he had already committed to Invicta, so I’m happy he has decided to join our team for next season.
"Corey will add an element I feel we lacked last year, and his grit and toughness will be a welcome addition. Corey is an excellent hockey player and will play in all situations for us. His no-nonsense style of play will be very popular with the fans and his game will suit Ryde Arena’s small ice surface."
Corey said: "I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and hopefully winning a league championship on the Island. I’m really impressed with the club’s ambition and can’t wait to get started with the Raiders."
Speaking on Jeremy’s re-signing for the Raiders, team owner Geoff Underwood said: "Jeremy has done a terrific job in his three years with us and Steve Price and I were very keen to secure his services as quickly as possible.
"Overall, we had another terrific season and had we started more strongly we would have come very close to retaining the title. We have big hopes for next season and we’re looking forward to seeing the team develop over the summer."
Players and supporters marked the end of the season with its annual awards night last weekend, with star import Joe Rand picking up a hat-trick of prizes.
The Canadian won fans’ player of the year, coach’s player and best forward. Damon Larter was named player’s player, Richard Facey was best British player and Dominic Hopkins was named best defenceman.
The outstanding contribution award went to back-up goalkeeper Dan Weller-Evans.