Also making a comeback for 2021/22 is Owen Rider – a young homegrown netminder with huge potential. Rider is a product of the Invicta junior setup and progressed through the youth ranks swiftly, often playing up a level beyond his years. In 2018/19 he was icing for the Invicta Broncos under 18s whilst aged just 15 and his performances and fast development prompted Player-Coach Anthony Leone to call him into the Dynamos fold for 2019/20.
Expected to use the season for experience and continue his progression, Rider was thrust into the action perhaps more than anticipated featuring for 400 minutes in 12 outings. Despite his young age he stood up to the challenge conceding just 29 goals from 259 efforts for a save percentage of 88.80%. Having shown he can handle the bigger stage the promising goalie is now staying put with his hometown club looking to continue his development also put his name in the hat for a starting place in seasons to come.
“Owen is one of our own and a bright talent that I see becoming a mainstay at this club for years to come. He has the potential and desire to do well for this team and time is definitely on his side. Owen was thrown into the deep end with more ice time than he expected last term but he didn’t look out of place despite his youth. He continues to go from strength to strength and I’m delighted to have him on board with us for another campaign where he can learn from a senior goalie like Ben Clements and continuing taking strides forward.”