Rob Lyon’s joy as Niels-Kristian Iversen extends King’s Lynn Stars stay
- Credit: Ian Burt
Niels-Kristian Iversen has handed King's Lynn a massive boost in their quest to reach the Elite League play-offs.
The Stars were only set to be with the Grand Prix superstar until the end of the month after he agreed a short-term deal to fill in for the injured Troy Batchelor.
With May 1 arriving on Sunday many fans feared Thursday's rain-off against Poole was the last time they'd see Iversen in the flesh this season. But Rob Lyon revealed last night that he's thrashed out further terms to extend the Dane's Saddlebow Road stay.
Lynn's team boss said: 'Niels will be staying with us for the foreseeable future and he's going to do as many meetings as practical. He will continue to help us out and we will review it as the season goes on.
'It goes without saying that Niels is so passionate about the club and I'm delighted that he's able to continue his time here. He's riding as well as he ever has, his average reflects that, even if in one or two meetings he hasn't won as many races as he would have liked.
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'Every single team in the country would love a number one like him and they'd welcome him with open arms, which we're really happy to be able to do.'
The Yaxley, near Peterborough, based 33-year-old had announced plans to drop Britain from his hectic schedule during the winter.
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An amicable parting of the ways paid off quickly as Iversen – who begins his bid for GP glory in this year's series opener at Slovenia tomorrow – rode to Lynn's rescue to begin a sixth successive season at the Adrian Flux Arena which will now continue, despite some potential fixture clashes with his Danish league commitments.
The 2013 world number three's extended stay, coupled with Batchelor's impending return on May 18, means Lyon may no longer be tempted into the transfer market to find a replacement for Rory Schlein.
The Aussie could be out until at least June with a serious shoulder problem.