Jensen tipped to be a key figure with the Bandits

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Steen Jensen is being tipped as a surprise packet for Berwick this season.

Director George Hepburn, whose negotiations helped secure the Danish rider’s contract, says the 29 year-old has the potential to be a key figure for the Bandits in 2014.

“When we signed Steen I think it surprised a lot of people,” said Hepburn, “because he probably didn’t feature on their radar.

“But I had been speaking with him since October, when he e-mailed me saying he wanted to return to Britain, and from the dealings I have had with him so far he seems determined to make a success of it.

“Steen is being mentored by Hans Neilsen, the former multi-World Champion, and he has spent an awful lot of money on preparing for the new season.

“He should be the best equipped reserve in the league, in fact he will probably be better equipped than a lot of riders.

“Having him starting out at reserve will be a big bonus for us, as hopefully it should give our other reserve, young Liam Carr, a chance to settle into the team. Liam (17) is a local lad, just starting out on his career and I will be helping him out as much as I can, as I am sure the other riders in the team will do as well.”

Hepburn, who intends to step up his workload by being declared as joint team manager with Ian Rae said: “I want to take some of the pressure off ‘Razor’ who hasn’t been well recently. He will still be around and have a big part to play, but we need to share out the duties between everyone - that’s what it’s all about at Berwick.”

Of the team he added: “I think we have a well balanced side. We decided against the out and out number one and went for strength in depth, and I am very happy with the team we have assembled. I think there are potential points for us right down the line and hopefully that will help Liam, who will be given time to find his feet.”