Team spirit the key for Bandits says Clews

BERWICK skipper Paul Clews believes that the Bandits are already off to a winner in 2010. For Clews, who is returning for a second successive year with the club, feels that the management have goit it 'spot on' with their team selection and will benefit from a much improved team spirit within the pits.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 9:00 am

"I don't want to criticise what happened last year," he said, "but injuries, changes to the team and the absence of some riders which meant we couldn't track a full side all had an effect on the overall balance of the squad.

"What set out as a solid unit started to become a little fragmented towards the end and it had an effect on team spirit.

"When I heard which riders the club were going to sign this year I was a lot more excited, because I know with people like Adrian (Rymel), Michal (Makovsky) and new signings Lee Complin and Nick Simmons coming in we will all gel and that's so important for any side.

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"Michal, in his testimonial year, has loads of experience at Berwick, as does Adrian, and I think he is a really important signing for the club.

"But with riders like Lee and Nick I know they will fit in nicely.

"I have known Nick for quite a few years now, and so I suppose he will be one of the most experienced reserves in the league.

"He spends lots of money on his equipment as well and is a very nice bloke, so he will be good to have around the pits, as will Lee.

"I know he is an exciting rider to watch and ride alongside, but I have got to know him over the past two or three years and he is someone I get on well with.

"I know the promotion were keen to get away from the situation they had last year when riders missed too many meetings because of foreign commitments.

"Adrian may have one or two, but as our number one we should be able to cope with that, so in general I am really looking forward to the season starting."

Clews finally agreed on a return to Shielfield after months of 'will he? won't he?' speculation surrounding his future.

Parent club Birmingham had first call on his services, but the rider himself admits that he didn't know if he was coming or going with the Brummies as first of all he was out, then he was in, and then he was out again.

"To be honest it all turned a little bit messy," he said. "First of all Birmingham said they didn't want to use me and were offering my contract for sale. Berwick naturally had first option, but then Birmingham said I was back in their plans again.

"Next thing I heard was they had signed another rider and I was out again.

"I always said that Berwick was my first choice if Birmingham didn't want me and so I was happy to sign for them because I had such a good season with them last year.

"I am currently busy preparing myself for the new season, I am just waiting on my engines arriving, but as I had such a good season last year I don't want to change too much.

"I was very pleased with my home form last year, but it was my away form at times which really surprised me, and if I can ride to that level again I will be very happy.

"I'm not going to set myself any targets, because if you don't reach them you just become disappointed, so the plan is just to go with the flow and see what happens.

"With the riders we have, and the spirit which I know is going to exist, I think we will be in for quite a good season overall, and I just can't wait to get back out on the track.

"As people may be aware I am on the look-out for sponsorship for next season, so if anyone can help, please give me a call."

Clews can be contacted on 07880 602362.

Meanwhile, the club's eve of season bash is being held at Berwick Holiday Centre on Saturday, March 6.

Entertainment is being provided by the legendary 'Alexander Brothers,' top rock band 'Roadhouse,' the Jimmy Wilson ceilidh and comedy from Bobby Colgan.

In addition Berwick Holiday Centre is pleased to announce that they are able to provide accommodation on site to anyone, who wishes to take up a special offer of only 50 for a six-berth caravan.These can be booked immediately by telephoning Berwick Holiday Centre direct on 01289 307598