Rory Schlein believes King’s Lynn Stars can laugh their way to Elite League success in 2013
- Credit: IAN BURT
Australian Rory Schlein reckons King's Lynn's funny men can have the Stars laughing all the way to glory in 2013.
The full-of-life heat leader has settled in quickly to new surroundings after joining Lynn on a full transfer from Coventry Bees in November.
And a team bonding session at Center Parcs last Friday only served to make him feel more welcome – even if he was the butt of many jokes due to his fear of tackling a zip-wire run.
The 28-year-old said, with a wry smile: 'The team is full of jokers to be honest. We got together for the team bonding session and we had a bit of a laugh and took the mickey out of each other. It was a good day.
'Nicolai (Klindt) and Mads (Korneliussen) are two jokers. It was just funny and it was a constant joke all day. Rob (Lyon) got involved and I've got a thing about heights. They were really kind to me when I got up about 40m off the ground. They didn't take too much of the mickey out of me, honest! We finished the day off down the water slides and we had a right laugh.
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'I can't explain it. We've come up with the idea that all the angry words in Danish are actually quite funny. We don't know what they (Niels-Kristian Iversen, Klindt and Korneliussen) are talking about but we get the drift and it's funny.
'The club is run the right way. It's run like a speedway club. Buster's (Chapman, owner) been after me for a long time and he's finally got me. But I've definitely enjoyed the mood and the move so far. Everyone's got a good feeling about this year.'
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A miserable 2012 on loan at Belle Vue saw Schlein's season hit by injury during a campaign which saw the Aces finish rock-bottom of the Elite League. But the Aussie believes a better calibre of team-mates by his side will ensure that Lynn, and himself, enjoy happier times this year.
Schlein said: 'I had Bomber (Chris Harris), Charlie Gjedde and Patrick Hougaard with me in 2011 so the pressure wasn't as heaped on me so much. But last year the team just didn't perform. From the word go we lost Travis (McGowan) and if your number one isn't firing and the rest of the six aren't you're not going to win matches – and unfortunately that's what happened.
'But you have a look at our Lynn side and it's solid all the way through. The reserves are strong, the middle order is strong and Rob (Lyon, team boss) wanted to be a bit stronger in heat 13 and 15, so he brought me in to back Niels up and we hope he'll be banging in the points again. I'll just be looking to go about my business and ride as hard as possible – and score as many points as possible.'