Rob Lyon’s still planning despite the release of King’s Lynn Stars’ 2015 schedule

Rob Lyon. Picture: IAN BURT

Rob Lyon. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Rob Lyon catches up with Gavin Caney to talk speedway after his side's programme for the forthcoming campaign was released.

Rob Lyon. Picture: IAN BURT

Rob Lyon. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Fans of Norfolk's Elite League outfit yesterday learned when their heroes would be riding during a forthcoming season which is hoped will see the Stars land a first top-flight crown. And after Lynn dominated 2014 only to fall at a rain-soaked play-off semi-final hurdle, thanks largely due to injuries of key men Niels-Kristian Iversen, inset, and Lewis Kerr, it can't come quick enough for most.

'From the fans' point of view it's good to get definite dates in the bag now,' said team boss Rob Lyon, whose troops lost their two-legged last-four clash to eventual champions Poole Pirates.

'They can get them in their diaries and work out when they need days off and start putting plans in place.

'It's the first shoots of the new season being round the corner. But it's not quite as exciting for me as we've been having input on the fixtures anyway.'

Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt

Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

That hard work throughout the winter has also included special plans to celebrate 50 years of speedway at Saddlebow Road. But more importantly it's allowed the Lynn team boss to try and fill the one remaining berth in his line-up.

Joe Jacobs was picked as one of the Stars' two reserve riders during the Fast Track Draft process but has since decided to take a year out of the sport. And Lyon admits he's considering handing the number seven slot to Young Stars rider Tom Stokes – even though he only got back on his bike last summer after a two-year break of his own.

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Lynn's team boss said: 'Tom is one of the names in the pot. There's three or four we've got to discuss.

'We need to make the right decision for the club and we have to take everything into account. Their experience, their connection to the club, the ranking of the rider on the Draft list.

'We want to get it done before the end of the month and it's not a foregone conclusion but yes, Tom is definitely one of those in the frame.'

'Roo-Boy' to kick term off

Although Lynn's fixtures were published yesterday, supporters already knew when their campaign was going to start.

Captain for 2014 Rory Schlein announced long before Christmas that the Norfolk Arena was going to host his testimonial, called Roo-Boy's Boomerang Invitational, to kick the 2015 term off on Sunday, March, 15.

The Australian is celebrating his 15th season in British speedway and has already convinced a host of big-name riders to make an appearance at the home of the Stars.

Grand Prix aces Jason Doyle, Chris Holder and Troy Batchelor, as well as his Lynn team-mate Niels-Kristian Iversen, will headline the 12-man meeting.

Scott Nicholls, Olly Allen, Simon Stead, and Chris Harris are also set to appear with the rest of the line-up to be declared in the coming weeks.