The Wightlink Raiders are very pleased to confirm the return of the club’s longest serving player for what will be his 13th season as a full time Raider.
28 year old captain Damon Larter will once again patrol the blue line this season after agreeing terms for his return. A former Island junior Damon made his first appearance for the Raiders aged just 15 and has played almost 500 times for the club since. He is considered one of the best defencemen in the NIHL and an integral part of the Raiders set up.
Head coach Jeremy Cornish is well aware of the importance of keeping his captain in the team.
“Captain Damo is back for another season and I am very pleased to have him, he is our leader and a player who leads by example. With Nick Compton being hurt for a large part of last season, Damon was lumbered with more ice time and he didn’t once complain. We’ve strengthened the back end for this season, and I think Damon will flourish with more capable players surrounding him.”
Damon himself says he’s excited about the new season.
“I’m looking forward to starting the new season off like we did last season and hopefully getting a head start on the other teams. Jeremy has built a team with a good mix of experience and youth and I have every faith we can be major challengers for silverware again this year. Personally preparations began for me a while ago and I’m hoping this will be my best season yet in a Raiders shirt.”
The team is now fully signed and we will make more announcements over the next couple of weeks. We will also confirm the league structure and have news of a new cup competition which the team will compete in this season.