Wightlink Raiders are today pleased to confirm the return of former GB junior international Nick Compton who returns to the team after being declared free from the injury which hampered him last season.

The 26 year old defenceman missed most of the second half of last season but is now fit to resume his hockey career and will take his place in the team for this weekend’s matches.  Nick is a former Swindon junior who played over 200 EPL games with Swindon Wildcats and Peterborough Phantoms before joining the Raiders two seasons ago.  In 51 games over the two seasons he scored 5 goals from the blue line with 28 assists.

Head coach Jeremy Cornish says bringing a player of his quality onto the team has become an urgent priority now

“ After our recent results I have moved quickly to sign Nick. He has been skating for about three weeks now and I think it’s time to get him in the line up for this weekend’s fixtures. Nick played all of last season hurt and has been healthy for a while now and we are excited to be adding a player of his quality to our d-corps. He can move the puck and quarter back the power play and that’s what we will be looking for him to do.”

Cornish says he’s not afraid to make changes in the coming weeks if results don’t improve

“ I don’t think it’s any surprise, but I’m not happy with the current run of form and I will continue to make moves until I get the right mix. We now have a couple of extra players and this weekend will be a big test to see who wants to be a part of our team going forward. “

The Raiders are hoping to halt a run of defeats with big performances in two league games this weekend.  On Saturday local rivals Solent Devils make the short trip across the Solent to Ryde Arena and then on Sunday the team face champions Chelmsford Chieftains in Essex.

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