Bellego back for Bandits

Berwick Bandits Speedway'David Bellego
Berwick Bandits Speedway'David Bellego

David Bellego has been confirmed as Berwick’s first signing for the 2014 speedway season.

The Frenchman will return to Shielfield for a third successive year with the Bandits and the club say it is a good start to their team-building plans.

Bellego, 20, is a Berwick asset, having been involved in a tug-o-war with former club Glasgow at the end of the 2012 season.

Director George Hepburn said: “David is an obvious choice for the engine room of our team. He has lifted his average each year he has been here, and can only develop further.

“This signing was, to be honest, a no-brainer. David is also a Berwick asset and hopefully this coming season he will get the chance of a double-up spot in the Elite League.”

Hepburn added that, while some fans were anxious to learn of further names for next season, he had to emphasise the club’s policy of dealing in facts and not rumours, with names only being released as and when riders are officially signed.

Meanwhile, two of last year’s team have moved on to pastures new.

Kozza Smith, who spent two of the last three seasons in the black and gold, and who took over as captain last year following the injury to Ricky Ashworth, has joined Premier League rivals Redcar.

And reserve Paul Starke. who many thought might be pencilled in for a team spot next season, has joined Somerset.

Starke will also double up with Birmingham in the Elite League following the new ‘draft’ system for reserve riders at that level.

Hepburn said that although Starke had raced for Berwick as a loanee from the Isle of Wight club during 2013, the New Holland Bandits had agreed in principle to take his contract over and make him a Berwick asset.

However, although deals had been struck the rider had now expressed a preference to race for a PL outfit nearer his Black Country home, as he has also been invited to ride for Birmingham as an EL reserve and he goes with the club’s best wishes.