King’s Lynn agree Sitera deal
King's Lynn reserve Filip Sitera has completed a permanent move to the Norfolk Arena from parent club Coventry.
Stars' officials announced the deal on Thursday morning for Sitera who has impressed in recent weeks during Lynn's Elite League campaign.
Sitera had been with Coventry since 2008 but is delighted to make the Saddlebow switch.
'I'm really happy because I love this place, it's a really nice track, nice people and it's something new for me,' he told speedway365.com 'I like the track & sometimes i'm scoring good points and sometimes i'm not but this is speedway, I would like to thank the club and I'm happy they made the choice.'
Club promoter Jonathan Chapman was keen to add Sitera to the Stars' asset base.
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'At the beginning of the season we didn't know much about Filip but Tomas (Topinka) said that he is a good rider and has a lot of potential,' he said. 'We have seen flashes of it, we haven't seen it every meeting but then thats part and parcel of the sort of deal we came to with Coventry because, Coventry know that to get the best out of him we have to put more time in and give him some more support which we plan to do.
'He's living here at the Norfolk Arena and he's fully committed. Filip's in the workshop every day and we feel that we can push on that little bit further.'
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Chapman is also confident of further improvement.
'He's only 23-years-old, so he's got a long future ahead of him and we see someone that hopefully will be here for a number of years just like Tomas has been,' he said. 'He's a committed rider that loves the club and he was begging us to do a deal with Coventry to bring him in full time and we thank Coventry for allowing us to come to a sensible deal for him.
'We're looking ahead to the Elite League for a couple years and we are saying that we have a rider that can grow, probably he will finish the season in reserve and he will probably start next year in reserve but after a year here with us he won't be a bad reserve for next year and then hopefully he can kick on from there.
'It's definitely a good move for the club and it shows our intent to buy the right riders that we need to be at the club for quite a few years to come so we are very happy.'