Stars unveil signing coup
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Stars last night unveiled exciting Aussie talent Ricky Wallace to complete their 2010 Premier League line up. The 21-year-old will replace compatriot Alex Davies who was refused a British passport ahead of the new season later this month.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn Stars last night unveiled exciting Aussie talent Ricky Wallace to complete their 2010 Premier League line up.
The 21-year-old will replace compatriot Alex Davies who was refused a British passport ahead of the new season later this month.
He had already agreed a deal with Elite League Peterborough and Stars' team boss Rob Lyon is confident Wallace - the great nephew of former world finalist Billy Sanders - will prove an able replacement for teenager Davies.
"Luckily for us it has all worked out after the disappointment of losing Alex," said Lyon. "Ricky seems like an out and out racer and I am sure the fans will quickly take to him, especially seeing he is a relation of Billy Sanders.
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"I also believe it is great that he is part of Lewis Bridger's pit crew. That will help him immensely and I am sure that Lewis will also be happy to help him out in the pits on occasions."
Stars' chief Buster Chapman is excited by the latest recruit from Down Under who produced some eye catching second halves at Saddlebow two seasons ago.
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"Ricky had a few practice laps and races here at King's Lynn and he looked very good," said Chapman. "Over this winter he made a deal with Peterborough to become their asset and they arranged to bring him over to the UK and work as part of Lewis Bridger's pit crew while also looking for a team place in either the National or Premier League, he obviously now has that with us and I am sure he will have a fantastic season."
Young Stars' team boss Dale Allitt confirmed he wants Wallace to also fill Davies' void in the club's National League outfit.
"It would be great if Ricky could join us," said Allitt. "But he has a busy season ahead helping Lewis as well as racing for the Stars, so he needs to see how many of the dates are do able before he can confirm his place in the team."
Davies' arrival alongside Casper Wortman at reserve means skipper Tomas Topinka will still captain one of the youngest squads in the club's 44-year history.
Topinka and Kevin Doolan form a potential powerful spearhead with returning grand slam winners Kozza Smith and Linus Eklof joined by British teenager Joe Haines.
Peterborough director of speedway Peter Oakes is predicting big things from Wallace ahead of his maiden full British season.
"To some extent Ricky has slipped under the radar because there are so many young riders coming out of New South Wales at the moment, including our own Taylor Poole," he said. "It is something of a gamble because we have never actually seen him in action but he's taking an even bigger gamble, coming over to England.
"We have made a lot of background inquiries about Ricky and no-one has had anything but good to say about him. He's clearly a talented young rider and his determination to make it all the way was a major factor in our decision to offer him a contract.
"He was out for a while with a badly broken leg but he's shown over the last 18 months or so that he is completely over that and has been making a lot of progress although he obviously still has a long way to go."
Wallace will be in competitive action for the first time at the Ashley Jones memorial curtain raiser to the new season on March 24 before the club's Premier Trophy campaign begins the following week at home to Rye House.