King’s Lynn Stars’ skipper Rory Schlein backs rookie trio to do well in Elite League
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Rory Schlein has no concerns that King's Lynn Stars' Elite League novices may struggle in the sport's top-flight this season.
Teenager Robert Lambert, who turns 16 on April 5, and reserve duo Lewis Kerr and Lewis Rose are all embarking on their maiden campaign among the best of Britain's speedway scene this term.
But the experienced Lynn captain thinks they have all shown more than enough with the Young Stars in the National League – and elsewhere – to be a success for the Norfolk Arena outfit's senior side.
Schlein said: 'Kerry (Lewis Kerr) proved it in the Premier League last year and held his head well above water last year when doing them guest bookings with (Elite League) Swindon. I've heard nothing but good things about Rose and I think the way Nicklas (Porsing) came on at the end of last year (for the Stars), if he can start like that, we've got a solid one to seven, especially the top three (Iversen, Bjerre and Schlein).'
The rookie trio will no doubt be feeling more nerves than usual ahead of Lynn's competitive curtain-raiser at home to Lakeside Hammers on Wednesday. But their skipper is sure they have the mental capacity to cope with any excitement or pressure.
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'Their mental attitude is spot on,' said Schlein.
'I just recently met Lewis Rose but I've known Kerry for about a year as he was knocking about with us for a bit and I've ridden against (Robert) Lambert in Germany. They've all got their heads screwed on right which is the first thing you know you've got to get over.
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'I think, in my personal opinion, we've got the strongest reserves in the league. Some people might not think the same but I think we have.'
The reigning Elite Riders' champion insists he is fit and ready for tapes up following an frustrating campaign in 2013 which was beset with fitness and machinery problems. The Aussie's 'phantom broken leg' has healed well and the rider known as 'Roo-Boy' admits he is raring to go for the Saddlebow Road club.
A smiling Schlein added: 'My leg's fine. The non-broken one? Yeah, it's good.
'It gave me a little bit of gyp over the winter but we finally got it sorted with a physio and training so it's as good as new. I think I might go back to Poland (if it happens again) because they got it right didn't they? It was just one of them things.
'You hear loads of cases of people being wrongly diagnosed with loads of stuff. But we've got it sorted and we're fit and ready to go.'