King’s Lynn Stars in talks to extend stay of Niels-Kristian Iversen
- Credit: Ian Burt
Rob Lyon hasn't giving up hoping that Niels-Kristian Iversen will continue to ride to King's Lynn's rescue.
The Grand Prix superstar publicly declared he was dropping his Elite League commitments over the winter before agreeing a short-term deal to help the Stars deal with Troy Batchelor's absence through injury. With the GP series opener a week away – but Batchelor not ready to return – Lynn are in danger of being left in limbo. Yet team boss Lyon is adamant he will get an answer sooner rather than later as Iversen and Lynn prepare to visit Leicester Lions this evening.
'I've had a long discussion with him,' admitted Lyon.
'We're going to sit down and talk some more and then see what comes out of it. We're literally at that stage at the moment.
'I think it's fair to say he wants to do what's best for Niels. He made that decision at the start of the year. He wanted to give the UK a miss because of the Grand Prix and wanting to become world champion, etc, etc.
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'The meetings he's had for us he's enjoyed. He enjoys it here and he has some allegiance with this club and some loyalty. He wants to help us out where he can.
'I understand his reasons, it's difficult, but we are still talking about it and we'll continue to do that over the next week or so. Obviously we have to make a decision, and so does he, so it'll be made in the next week.'
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Lynn saw off a resilient Leicester 51-42 in Norfolk on Thursday. That night they used Sam Masters as a guest to cover for sidelined Rory Schlein but this evening they will operate the rider-replacement facility.
Leicester: 1 Patrick Hougaard, 2 Paul Starke, 3 Rider Replacement for Aaron Summers, 4 Szymon Wozniak, 5 Sebastian Ulamek, 6 Nicolai Klindt, 7 Josh Auty
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Mads Korneliussen, 3 Rider-replacement, 4 Kai Huckenbeck, 5 Robert Lambert, 6 Carl Wilkinson, 7 Lewis Rose
Tapes up: 7:30pm