Bandits replace Carr with club asset Edberg

Berwick Bandits Speedway'Alex Edberg
Berwick Bandits Speedway'Alex Edberg

Berwick, in a bid to boost their play-off hopes, have replaced local teenager Liam Carr with club asset Alex Edberg.

The Swede, who has had several spells with the club, will go straight into the team at Redcar tonight (Thursday) and for the subsequent home meetings against Sheffield and Edinburgh on Saturday and Tuesday, the latter of which is to be screened live on Sky TV.

Team manager John Anderson made the decision this week, revealing that the plan is to ‘rest’ Carr from Premier League racing, affording him the opportunity to regain his confidence in the National League with Buxton. It will also give him a chance to work on improving his equipment.

Anderson added that Carr has been finding Premier League racing ‘difficult’ in recent weeks.

“But we are in no way giving up on Liam,” he said. “He has our assurances that if and when he gets his self confidence back and he gets his equipment set up right, there will be an opportunity for him to return.

“Liam has spent a lot on his equipment lately, but he has had a few expensive bangs in the engine department and that has been a blow to him.”

Anderson said Berwick, with four away league wins to their credit so far, have decided to bring Edberg back to improve the club’s prospects of achieving what might be their best season since he took over in 2008.

Edberg, who is now 23, suffered a series of sickening injury blows in his previous spells with Berwick, and last year he was dropped to accommodate the signing of England international Edward Kennett, on what turned out to be a short-term contract.

“Like Liam is now, we told Alex that if and when he got his confidence back and he was scoring freely in his domestic league in Sweden, the door would be open for him to return,” said Anderson.

“He has been on our radar for a while and he is ready to come back in the hope that we can go on and achieve a play-off place at the very least.”