Schoolboy Liam gives Bandits boss Rae cause for thought

Local schoolboy Liam Carr has made strides with his speedway career over the final weeks of the 2013 season.

But Berwick team manager Ian Rae, who is undecided on his plans for next year, says he is still not certain the youngster is ready to step up full time to Premier League racing.

“Liam has done extremely well in his late season outings with Edinburgh,” said Rae.

“It has gained him some valuable experience, which is what it is all about at this stage of his career.

“But Liam is still at school, and whilst we will give him every consideration when it comes to our team-building for 2014, I am not sure he is ready for a full-time move to the Premier League just yet.

“In saying that, Berwick really needs someone local in the team, someone for the fans to get behind and focus on.

“David Meldrum was the last rider to do that, but that was a few years ago now, and who knows, Liam might just be the next to break through, it would be great if he was.”

Rae says the development of young local talent is vital for the sport to survive which is why the work of the Northern Junior League, and the work put in by Gary Flint in particular at Berwick is so important.

“Gary has done a tremendous job bringing some of the local youngsters through, including his own son Leon,” said Rae.

“It may be a few years off before any of them are ready to step up to league racing, but grass-roots speedway is crucial for the sport’s development.

“We need the British youngsters coming through for the well-being of speedway in this country.”