Bandits complete their 2014 line-up

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Berwick have completed their line-up for 2014 after signing five riders during the past week,

And local teenager Liam Carr has been given his chance to shine after being handed one of the reserve berths.

The 17 year-old, who is still at school, will partner Danish rider Steen Jensen at the bottom end of the team, after he was also named as a surprise signing to complete the septet at the weekend, along with the returning Matty Wethers.

Earlier in the week, Berwick had added Czech Republic international Matej Kus and Denmark’s Claus Vissing to their squad.

They will ride alongside Frenchman David Bellego and Kevin Doolan from Australia, who had already been named.

Kus was first introduced to PL racing by former owner Peter Waite in 2007, when, quite remarkably, he was reported to have been able to speak fluent English after suffering concussion in an accident at Glasgow - despite the fact he was only starting to learn the language at the time.

The 24 year-old rode for Redcar last season, when his campaign was curtailed by leg and rib injuries.

But co-promoter Dennis McCleary says recent performances in Australia are an indication that he is returning to fitness and form.

Vissing, who rode for Edinburgh in 2013, turned in a string of impressive performances at Shielfield during the season, including finishing runner-up in the BEN Fund meeting at the Border track at the start of the year.

The 27 year-old comes in on a 6.89 average and is seen as a welcome addition to the side.

He will officially ride on loan with the Bandits from the BSPA after being given permission to sign him by his parent club, Peterborough, who are currently not operating.

Wethers, who is on loan from Edinburgh, completes the top five.

The addition of Jensen, who last rode in Britain in 2005 with the Eastbourne and the Isle of Wight, was a surprise move, but Hepburn says having him at reserve will be a bonus.

Carr, who lives in Tweedmouth, guested for Edinburgh at the end of last season and he had been tipped to be handed one of the starting places for several weeks now as he is seen to have a big future.