‘Team Lewis’ had to be split – Stars boss

Lewis Kerr chats to Stars boss Rob Lyon. Picture: Ian Burt

Lewis Kerr chats to Stars boss Rob Lyon. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Rob Lyon concedes 'Team Lewis' was always unlikely to be reunited at King's Lynn because of the way the Fast Track Draft operates.

Lewis Rose has left King's Lynn Stars for Swindon.

Lewis Rose has left King's Lynn Stars for Swindon. - Credit: IAN BURT

The Stars picked Lewis Kerr and Lewis Rose at reserve for their 2014 team with many hoping they could pair the powerful partnership again as part of next season's line-up. But with clubs only having the option to protect a rider in Tier One (higher-level) or Tier Two if he is their asset or rode for them this year, Lynn could only guarantee one half of the Lewis' return.

They chose to select Kerr, 24, – the top pick on offer after a scintillating debut Elite League term and equally-impressive campaign in the Premier League – and had to wait until last to dip their hand into the bottom pool. Swindon Robins took advantage and snapped up Rose leaving Lyon to miss out as he waited to take what was left, in this case Joe Jacobs.

Lynn's team boss said: 'It was a no-brainer to pick Lewis Kerr, we've seen him blossom and progress at King's Lynn and he had a great year. But I think there's still a bit more to come from him yet.

'We wanted to pick Lewis Rose too but he knew what the situation was. He accepted there was a big risk he wasn't going to be at Lynn next year.

'The draft is hard for teams like ourselves who have more than one asset we've brought through and invested in while some others don't and then get to pick and choose who they want. But all of the riders and the promoters knew the situation before the draft took place and you've just got to get on with it.'

Lyon was quick to point out that while Lynn – who reached the Elite League play-off semi-finals last season – were deemed to have possessed the strongest reserves throughout their failed title tilt, Rose was initially listed towards the bottom of the rankings.

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The Sutton Bridge-based rider and his partner in crime Kerr enjoyed great success during their maiden top-flight adventure. And now Lynn will hope Jacobs, 21, who was picked by Wolverhampton in the first draft last winter, can show similar signs of improvement.

'Joe's an Ipswich boy who is keen to make next year a great year,' said his new team boss, who hopes to unveil the main body of his next Stars side at the annual fans' forum before Christmas.

'He wants to make a step in the right direction and I'm sure he'll improve riding round our track regularly. He's had some good Premier League experience with Peterborough and Workington and he's ridden in the Elite for Wolves. He's been around for a few years so let's hope he progresses with us and can help Lynn pick up a few points along the way.'

Elite Draft Riders 2015

Poole: Kyle Newman & Paul Starke

Coventry: Jason Garrity & James Sarjeant

Lynn: Lewis Kerr & Joe Jacobs

Swindon: Charles Wright & Lewis Rose

Lakeside: Ashley Birks & Adam Ellis

Wolves: Lewis Blackbird & Josh Bates

Belle Vue: Steve Worrall & Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: Josh Auty & Simon Lambert

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