Bandits swoop to sign Swede Lingren

BERWICK have swooped to sign Swedish sensation Ludvig Lingren as a replacement for fellow countryman Alex Edberg.

The 20 year-old, who has been racing in the Elite League with Wolverhampton, where he teamed up with his brother Freddie, joined the Bandits last week and was due to make his debut in the home and away meetings against Workington and Newcastle, but unfortunately both meetings fell victim to the weather. He will now make his bow against Glasgow in the KO Cup at Shielfield this Saturday.

Lingren, who has already represented his country at U19 level, joined the Bandits on the recommendation of another Swede, Sebastian Alden, who joined the club just over a month ago.

“We consider ourselves pretty fortunate to have obtained his agreement to line up at Shielfield Park with immediate effect,” said Berwick team manager Ian Rae.

“One of the reasons we’ve been able to bring a rider of Ludvig’s ability here is that, unbeknown to us, when he got our invitation he immediately phoned Seb to ask about our club – and Seb told him in no uncertain terms just how much he was enjoying himself since becoming a Bandit.”

The need to sign Lingren came about following the crash which ended Edberg’s season. He sustained multiple injuries when he was thrown into the safety fance at Shielfield at high speed after clipping the back wheel of an opponent during the Premier League clash against Rye House.

But after undergoing an operation on a damaged bone at the base of his spine, and having his broken collarbone pinned and plated, Edberg has made a remarkable recovery and despite other injuries, which included cracked ribs and a punctured lung, he was allowed to leave hospital last week, just 12 days after his accident.

Initially he spent some time at the home of Ken Marshall, the club’s training officer, before tracvelling to promoter John Anderson’s home in North Berwick. All being well he intends to return to Sweden at the end of the month.