Monday, 21 September 2009

Stronach: new look Raiders are ready

It's all change for Plymouth Raiders in the new BBL season but head coach Gary Stronach remains optimistic that the Devon outfit can maintain their place among the league's elite firmament.

"We know every game is a challenge because we’re not as deep," he admits. "But I think we'll be there or thereabouts."

It is, however, a step into the unknown. Stalwarts like DeAntoine Beasley and Gaylon Moore have departed the Pavilions in search of challenges now. New arrivals, such as Eric Flato, Terry Horton and Matt Hilleary are being asked to fill the void.

Stronach, entering his 15th season in charge at the club he joined from Sunderland, is enjoying the rejuvenation. Figuring out new schemes, meshing fresh talent, testing the formulae ahead of Saturday's opener at Worthing.

"We have to aim to be competitive every year," he confirms. "The aspiration is to play in a bigger arena. Like everyone, we want British teams to be in Europe and we’d love it to be the Raiders."

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