Bandits set to unveil two new riders at party night

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BERWICK, who have already announced the signings of Lee Complin and Josef Franc, hope to confirm two additions to their rider roster for 2011 this weekend.

The identities of the signings will be made by promoter John Anderson when he attends the Bandits’ Supporters’ Club annual Christmas dance in the Black and Gold Club on Saturday (December 18).

Anderson will address the party-goers – but will make it clear he is not going to be playing Santa Claus.

“I am obviously keeping a close eye on the club’s plans for 2011, and both co-owner George Hepburn and team manager Ian Rae are keeping me very well informed on team-building plans,” he said from his North Berwick home last week.

“What I do have to emphasise is that, while some other outfits in the Premier League seem hell-bent on self-destruction if the financial inducements to riders I hear being bandied about are to be believed, here at Berwick we have a budget on which to base our rider-recruitment – and we will not break that budget if there is a risk of by doing so we might be breaking the club!

“Speedway has been a Saturday night staple in Berwick for more than 40 years – and we are laying solid foundations to keep it here for at least 40 more.

“We have our targets, we have identified the riders we want – and as always, the emphasis will be on Saturday night entertainment, every bit as much as winning every single match out of sight.

“If there are two riders of equal scoring potential available, we are committed to always sign the wilder one, the crazy never-say-die, fence-bouncing crowd pleaser – even if he might crash out a few times trying to instead of just opting for safe second places.”

Anderson, who will be making his first speedway ralated public appearance since undergoing a double by-pass operation after he suffered a heart attack, plans to unveil two new arrivals at Shielfield.

But it’s been confirmed that neither Magnus Karlsson or Marcin Rempala, two riders strongly linked with moves to the Border track, will not now be joining the club.

Rempala, who rode for the Bandits in the final months of last season, has now signed a contract with Polish outfit Tarnow, which means he cannot race in the Premier League in 2011.

And Swede Karlsson, who had been identified as a possible target, and who had expressed a wish to join the Shielfield Park outfit, cannot find suitable airline connections to take him to and from his homeland each week to honour any commitment to a Saturday night track in the UK.

“I am sure both riders would have done a good job for us,” said Anderson, “but unfortunately it is not to be.”

And a spokesman added: “There will be plenty of good news at the party to offset these disappointments.

“The Supporters’ Club has been terrific in this past season, and we are confident their party will be well up to the usual standard.”

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