Doolan would welcome King’s Lynn return
Ex-King's Lynn racer Kevin Doolan insists his public spat with the club's management is now water under the bridge.
The popular Aussie finally cut his ties with the Norfolk Arena outfit to join new Premier League neighbours Ipswich on a full transfer for 2011. The Stars' hierarchy announced Doolan would not return to Lynn earlier this winter after failing to agree terms with the man who had been an integral part of the club's golden era.
Lynn have since confirmed they will race in the televised Elite League for the coming season and Doolan wishes his former employers well.
'The last couple of months my life has been a bit like being caught in a storm driving a tiny pick-up,' he said. 'The falling out was blown up to be a lot more than it actually was. Buster and Jonathan needed to look strong but they know, like I do, I didn't leave the club over money or my demands. The money was the minor side of the disagreement we had and that was very disappointing to read in the press. From my side of it, I never fell out with anybody. I was professional and quite happy with my time at King's Lynn. There were a few trust issues for me with certain things and a lot more than money at the root of it. But it was something and nothing. I can't wait to get back there and race in some way, shape or form – whether as a guest for Lynn in the Elite, or guesting against them - but I will be back.'
Doolan underlined the point by revealing he held exploratory talks about a potential return in a doubling up capacity alongside another club stalwart Tomas Topinka.
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'When Lynn found themselves in a position where they could go Elite I spoke to Buster and Jonathan about possibly that,' he said. 'It came down in the end to the numbers game as always and I'm not 100% sure but I think the two doubling up riders must be the lowest or among the lowest average riders and my average is quite a bit higher obviously.
'If things change during the season and I haven't got a doubling up position then I'm more than willing to come back to King's Lynn because that doubling up position would suit me down to the ground. It would make a great season. Like I said earlier, once we got past the initial fallout over what happened, I don't bear any grudges and I would be happy to go back.'
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Doolan is now fully-focussed on spearheading Ipswich's charge for honours in speedway's second tier after another injury-wrecked campaign in 2010. The popular rider was forced to sit out the remaining two months of the season after breaking his wrist in a heavy spill at Sheffield. The 30-year-old is poised to race over the festive period at Scunthorpe and Newport ahead of next season's British campaign beginning in late March.
'It's funny but the pattern these last few years seems to be when I'm fit and raring to go its winter and there is no racing,' he said. 'I'm booked in for some winter meetings. I've been quite lucky that when I have been injured I can come back pretty quickly but this time around the doctors wouldn't let me take the cast off my hand otherwise I would have healed quickly enough to be back in the Lynn team towards the end of last year - but you can't go against doctors' orders when its more than one doctor. These festive meetings are a bit of a lottery with track conditions but you use them to get some laps in and stay healthy. Basically it's a way of keeping your mind on the job because when you have had two months off before winter even gets here you tend to go stir crazy.'