King’s Lynn win the chase for Wolbert
King's Lynn's new German recruit Kevin Wolbert yesterday revealed he turned down offers from half of the Elite League to join the Stars.
The 22-year-old was widely tipped to link up with reigning champions Poole after starring for the Pirates in last season's play-off semi-finals against Lynn and Poole's KO Cup final success over Belle Vue. Wolbert joins Danish World Team Cup duo Mads Korneliussen and Niels-Kristian Iversen, along with Scunthorpe's doubling-up rider David Howe, in the Stars' 2012 plans. The club's hierarchy plan to unveil another rider later this week ahead of finalising the completed line up at a supporters' forum scheduled to take place at King's Lynn Town football club on Thursday, December 22 (7.30pm). Stars' promoter Buster Chapman believes Wolbert's capture is a major coup for the Saddlebow club ahead of their second top flight season.
'I have kept an eye on Kevin ever since he was 16-years-old, the same time we originally brought Tommy Stange over from Germany,' said Chapman. 'He has always had a lot of potential and thankfully he has now chosen to come and further his career at King's Lynn. I would like to thank Edinburgh for their help and hope that this is the start of a long and successful career at King's Lynn for Kevin.'
Wolbert came to prominence at Premier League level with Edinburgh before an impressive points-scoring cameo for the all-conquering Pirates towards the end of last season. The German scored paid 20 in two play-off tussles against Lynn that included race wins over Kenneth Bjerre, Korneliussen and Iversen.
'I am delighted to be joining the Stars in 2012,' he said. 'I had offers from half of the league but it was easy for me to choose King's Lynn, there are not many clubs which have such a high recommendation. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and the fans at the press night. It is not easy for me to leave Edinburgh as I had a fantastic time there but I wish them well.'
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Lynn team boss Rob Lyon believes Wolbert has an important strategic role operating in the number five race berth.
'Kevin joins us on a 5.17 average (converted 2011 Premier League average) so will start as the fifth place rider in the team though we could possibly see him drop down to reserve for a period,' he said. 'This shows just how much strength in depth we are going to have and this will hopefully prove to be our trump card next season.'
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