King’s Lynn Stars skipper Mads Korneliussen devastated by shock exit
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Heartbroken Mads Korneliussen still wants to end his career at King's Lynn – despite being bombed out by the Stars.
The Dane insists he thought he was heading back to the Norfolk Arena for a fourth consecutive season on loan next year after ironing out a verbal agreement with the club's hierarchy.
However, Lynn's popular captain was left stunned when he was told on Thursday there was no place at Saddlebow Road for him in 2014. And he admits his initial anger at being frozen out has now turned to sorrow.
The fans' favourite, who revealed the shock news on Twitter yesterday morning, said: 'I'm even more disappointed because I thought I was coming back. I was so angry when I got told, that's for sure.
'I wanted to calm down as I didn't want to say anything I would regret. So I waited until yesterday to choose my words because it's a club I've grown to love. It feels like home. It matters to me whether we won or lost. Now I've got to get that feeling for another club, which in speedway is not easy.
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'I'd have been happy to finish my career at Lynn. I'd have ridden here for the next eight years. I wanted to stay here for the rest of my career. It's a great place, full of great people, and I've never had a problem with anyone until now. Normally in life I don't forgive anyone. I don't agree with them letting me go, but I suppose I can see where they're coming from. I didn't want to ride for anyone else but I'm going to have to and hopefully I'll become an even better rider so I can turn out for the Stars again.'
The 30-year-old, owned by Swindon Robins, says he has been touched by the deluge of well-wishes that has come his way from Stars' fans since the news broke. It's reaffirmed his belief that while his body will be elsewhere next term, his heart will remain in Norfolk.
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'I've been touched, honestly I have, and I am an emotional guy,' said Lynn's former skipper.
'Everyone's saying nice things, like I always gave 100pc for the club, and that's what I always did. It means fans have appreciated my efforts and that makes me really happy. I'll leave a lot of friends on and off the track at Lynn. I'd like to thank all of the club's supporters for their nice words and I'd really like to thank all of my sponsors who I built up a great relationship with. Both will be sadly missed.'
Korneliussen spent a large part of last term injured but rode well when fit and has become a much-loved figure for his all-action style. He now looks set to ride for another Elite League club next campaign after receiving three offers for his services.
'I'd have rather stayed at Lynn but I've had offers already,' said the likeable Scandinavian, who wrote a weekly captain's column for the EDP.
'Speedway is speedway I guess and this proves being loyal does you no favours. I've been told things have moved on with Lynn's plans and me leaving is clearly their choice. It's down to Rob (Lyon, team boss) and Buster (Chapman, owner). I can't say I agree with them, so I'm just going to have to learn to deal with it.'
Swindon have made public their interest in re-signing the man who formed a great partnership with Richie Worrall – now at Belle Vue Aces – in 2013. They are thought to be one of the three teams chasing Korneliussen's signature.
Lynn boss Lyon confirmed the Dane's departure but said he would wait until Thursday's fans' forum to give a statement.