Swede Edberg set for Bandits’ return in 2015?

Berwick Bandits v Edinburgh Monarchs at Shielfield Park (live on sky)'heat 2'Alex Edberg
Berwick Bandits v Edinburgh Monarchs at Shielfield Park (live on sky)'heat 2'Alex Edberg

Alex Edberg could be on his way back to Berwick for the start of the 2015 season.

The Swede, who was the only addition to the Bandits’ side last term, when he replaced local rider Liam Carr, is understood to being lined up for one of the reserve berths.

Club director George Hepburn confirmed: “Alex is one of several riders we are talking to at the moment.

“I don’t think that will surprise a lot of people because he is one of our assets and he comes in on a handy average.

“There was another club showing an interest in him, and that being the case it proves he must have something.

“Alex came in midway through last season to give us a bit of extra fire-power at reserve and I don’t think he let us down in any way. He was steady with his scoring from the reserve berth and we couldn’t have asked any more than that.

“He now has a bit of experience behind him. He is one of our options at the moment but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to be back with us again next year.”

Hepburn says that due to work commitments he has taken ‘a bit of a back seat’ with team-building plans, leaving fellow co-promoters John Anderson and Dennis McCleary to concentrate their efforts in that direction.

“I know they have been looking at several riders, but they can’t press ahead with their plans until the situation with Jake Allen’s average is sorted out,” he said.

As was revealed recently, it is uncertain whether the Australian newcomer will be introduced on an assessed five or seven point average, and that could make a big difference to the make-up of the side.

So far Bandits have only confirmed three riders - former England international Ben Barker, who is expected to lead the team as the new number one, Denmark’s Thomas Jorgensen, who is another new addition and Allen.

Another two riders from last season, Claus Vissing and Kevin Doolan, still need to have their futures confirmed.