Bandits part company with Hertrich

Michael Hertrich
Michael Hertrich

BERWICK Bandits go into tonight’s season-opening fixture away to Scunthorpe without without recent signing Michael Hertrich, who has already left the club.

Former Bandit Adam McKinna has been drafted in as a guest rider for tonight’s season-opening League Cup fixture at the Lincolnshire track. He will temporarily fill the gap left by the sudden departure of Hertrich due to what the Bandits say are circumstances beyond their control.

The young German rider was brought in to cover the absence left by the injury to Australian teenager Brenton Barnfield, but in the week leading up to the side’s first official fixture the search is back on for a permanent replacement.

“As if this winter had not been difficult enough already, we’ve had to part company with yet another rider before we get the serious season underway,” said a frustrated team manager, Ian Rae.

“Unfortunately I have to report that due to circumstances completely outwith and beyond the control of the Berwick club, we have had to part company with Michael Hertrich, and it’s something we’ve had no choice in.

“We naturally wish the young lad well, but now of course we’re back to the job of scouring just who we can bring in as a replacement.

“We’ve spoken to a few already, but as yet we have not signed anyone, but I can assure the fans as soon as we do we’ll be letting them know immediately.

“To cover Michael’s rides at Scunthorpe we’ve brought in a former Bandit, Adam McKinna as a guest and then we’ll look at the following matches in due course.”