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Raiders' recruiting looking good

The Vancouver Island Raiders’ winning program keeps attracting talent.

Coach Matthew (Snoop) Blokker said he’s happy with the recruiting progress as the team looks toward the 2012 Canadian Junior Football League season.

It took longer than Blokker would have liked to sign a new two-year contract as coach, general manager and president of football operations, but the deal is now done and he said he never put recruiting on hold.

“I never stopped working…” said Blokker. “I really felt strongly that I’d be back.”

The talent from the north Island is strong this year, he said, and he’s also been to Calgary and Winnipeg and contacted players from Vancouver.

"This year we've obviously got to fill the cupboards again but I think we're [working] a little bit more towards certain needs that we've got to fill," said Blokker. "I'm happy with the progress."

The team will hold spring camp May 11-13. For information, click here.

GRID BITS … In other B.C. Football Conference news, the Okanagan Sun expect to make a decision soon on a new coach.

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