Bandits to make declaration of intent at AGM

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BERWICK promoter John Anderson will attend this week’s annual conference with his fellow bosses and give the club’s declaration of intent to run in 2013.

But before he left, Anderson again confirmed that the Bandits will only come to the tapes next season providing the funds are in place to make the sport viable on Tweedside.

The Borderers are in need of a new major team sponsor and over recent weeks Berwick’s owners have made repeated calls for fans to play their part by spreading the word with potential backers.

Shielfield has already been named as the venue for both the season-opening BEN Fund meeting in March and the British round of the FIM World U21 Final in August.

“This is a tremendous honour for the club and we are keen that we should be in a position to host them both,” said Anderson.

“I will go to the conference and give our declaration of intent to run next year, but it will be on the proviso that we have a main sponsor in place.”

Berwick have been running for 44 years now and Anderson says he accepts the club ‘means an awful lot to a lot of people.’

He has also gone on record as saying that it would ‘break his heart’ if the club was to fold.

Meanwhile, Swedish ace Robin Aspegren has revealed that he would relish the chance of spending a second season with the Premier League outfit.

“I really enjoyed the spell I had at Berwick this season,” he said, “and if the club is running and they want me back, I would be happy to return.”

Aspegren joined Berwick on-loan mid-term in the middle of their injury crisis, and he became a firm favourite with the Berwick fans for his performances both at home and away.

“I was a bit uncertain as to what the Premier League would be like,” he said, “but the standard is high, there are some good riders, and you can’t take anything for granted. Berwick is not the easiest track to ride, but when you get used to it you soon find the best lines. I had some good meetings on it, but I also had some good meetings away as well, and that pleased me a lot.”

Aspegren says two other reasons he wants to return is the easiness to get to Berwick for home meetings, and the manner in which he was accepted by everyone at the club.

“Berwick is a Saturday night track which suits me, and Edinburgh airport is just an hour or so away which makes it easy to fly in and out.

“There are a couple of other Swedes (Seb Alden and Alex Edberg) in the team and that helps, but the fans have been good to me, there is a good team spirit and I also have a nice place to stay, which also helps.

“Berwick haven’t spoken to me yet about next season, but I would like to come back so we will just have to wait and see what happens.”