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  1. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    I thought Matt signed Jakobsen as a long term prospect being arguably the best young Dane currently coming through at still only 20. Jake is nearly 3 years older - has a lower GRA and has ridden UK 2 years longer. For that 0.5 point difference who offers arguably the most potential as a rising star in the sport ?? Jakobsen has also been signed up by a POL Nice 1 team for 2019 having ridden Lge 2 last year. I wouldn't mind seeing Allen in the side for 2019 if he could be accommodated say at reserve, if they were saving points for further up the team but not for me at the expense of Jakobsen. Unfortunately that would mean also not being able to accommodate Nielsen due to the points limit. The other 5 were in line with who I wanted to see in for 2019 with Jakobsen and one other maybe Shanes, as a young Aussie would not fit with the new overseas rider rule on allocated GRA.
  2. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Hmmm Then arguably maybe Becker/Lydsey could be better options but again would mean Matt having to jiggery poke further up the team.
  3. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Just a thought. I partly mention James because he also has a low enough GSA with the reduction to slot in IF Matt's team idea's were along the lines I mentioned. Looking at the final GSA's there is next to nobody in Premier GSA's that would fit or be ideal imo. Having said that there isn't much to set the pulse racing in the Champ either. HOWEVER I notice one young Aussie that may be of interest to put in the reserve berth and let him also double up and that's Jordan Stewart. Will be 20 in about 10 days and had his first season this year in UK with Redcar. Has a 4.09 GSA converted down at 1.5 would come in on a 3 point av. He is a young Aussie and we all know Poole's love affair with these guys and I am sure they would supply him accommodation like most/all other young Aussies they have had ride for the club. Stewart just finished runner up to Jaimon Lydsey in the Victoria Speedway Champ in Aussie and both therefore qualified for a UK Working Visa for 2019. Lydsey maybe another possibility (may also better option) as EXL Champs Leszno have also signed him as one for the future but will probably be loaned out to lower league maybe for more experience ??? Only 19 he raced in POL Lge 2 this season and was 10th in riders League av. Would he qualify on a low av like Stewart being same age and if anything at a disadvantage to Stewart having NOT ridden UK. Also as Ray says - Being Aussies they would probably be given longer ?? As said just a thought and one has to remember that Shanes first love is arguably Grass Track/Long Track and he may be happy to combine Champ with N/L but I'm just guessing on that score. Do the younger Aussies offer more potential as actual speedway riders than Shanes who will be 22 come season start so 2 years older. Still only young I know but these young Aussies who make the effort to come all the way across the World when so young to develop as Speedway riders do have a habit of pushing on even if not all actual World beaters. Luke Becker the young American is another option but would he get a low GSA or would they set him too high to fit in the rest of the team ??? Plenty of food for thought.
  4. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    I think Matt Ford will consider his team carefully. Let's not escape the fact that Poole team only won 2 matches away all season - both at Leicester the bottom team who won't be there this year. Shame as think its Klindt's favourite track ;-) I think strength in depth will again be important, as we saw with all 3 leagues finishing top wins you nothing (a shame but its a reality as this is the way its set up). I am sold on Chris Holder (or Nick Morris) - Jack Holder - B.Kurtz - Woryna - Jakobsen - Klindt - Shanes (with his 2.5% reduction) and its creeps withing the 42.5 (assuming Chris keeps his 7.15/16). Last season proved that its about winning your home matches and getting important away points by staying within 6 points. It would be a team of combined youth and experience. An not convinced about Josh G and have a feeling he has reached his limit and will still be trying hard to establish himself in his adopted home nation Poland having changed teams after failures of 2018. Can see him maybe going back into Champ, although having POL Sunday may mess that up. He was better when doubling up even if an exhausting schedule. I feel there have to be some changes as we were a bit fortunate this year. Plenty of scope for improvement in the younger riders with stability from Klindt and Holder. Also have 3 possible strong reserves maybe alternating i.e Jakobsen/Klindt and maybe Woryna sharing that berth at times with Shanes. Of course I could be way off the mark and Matt may have other ideas :-)
  5. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Before anyone says yes but he had Doyle in the team. Yes he did but as we all know Doyle doesn't normally team ride being very much a self interest rider. You have to still beat the 2 opposition riders and if you have a team mate mainly interested in only gate and go then you still have to do the work to get a BP. Arguably even more with Doyle in your team ;-)
  6. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Also worth mentioning the Bonus points not included in the GSA's. In 24 matches in 2018 Jack scored 25 bonus points which was more than any Somerset rider. Only 3 riders Prem riders matched or better in 2018 in total. One of those was Woryna who matched 25. After what happened with Brady in 2018 I am always wary of how things will go. Similar to Morris who dropped way off compared to 2017 (like Brady and Nick both fell in similar terms). But what you can't dismiss is that all 3 of those riders have potential and come season start Jack at 23 - Nick at 24 and Brady at 22 all have the potential to push on. I would happily have all 3 as feel all of them will improve even if one maybe doesnt increase at all.
  7. STEVEHOLS54

    Eastbourne 2018

    But they would if they go up to Champ. Would make sense as both live fairly local which would suit both. One team who could juggle ok with the new 38 point team limit is Eastbourne. Some good NL youngsters coming through so could combine some decent heat leader types with some of these good young riders who would get low GSA's coming up from NL. Every team in Champ needs to do some trimming and for some its major surgery to get down to 38 points. Eastbourne have young Brennan & Edwards coming through who could possibly hold their own in Champ as for sure other clubs will be having to use low av riders to get within the 38 point limit. Meaning poss plenty of races between low av riders plus importantly good experience for the younger guys. As well as allowing to make the team stronger in the top half.
  8. STEVEHOLS54

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    Yes that is the case if they ride for their parent club Poole. I am sure if Matt Ford doesn't want them in Poole in 2019 he will agree to loan them to ?? for a respectable loan fee but probably not nothing.
  9. STEVEHOLS54

    Swindon 2019

    That was what was released in local Swindon media and seemed to be the case as of morning of 14th. However they must have negotiated a solution as the contract to race there in 2019 was FINALLY signed just before midnight on the 14th Nov jut as the window was closing. Was also reported yesterday on POL Speedway site and on the Reszows site (was either twitter or FB).
  10. STEVEHOLS54

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    Sorry thought this was Swindon - Duh....
  11. STEVEHOLS54

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    Holders may be available for £25k a pop if you are interested. Probably Ford's valuations based on last year not mine). Can't see Matt Ford giving up those assets or even on loan to what is now his only local rival ;-) He may even try to poach Morris after plying him with plenty of that free booze he will be getting on the all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi having proved to be a lucky charm in last seasons Final's :-)
  12. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Maybe just visiting but also weighing up the pro's and con's of if he did make the move. What we don't know of course is, if as was reported he was selling Holder Towers does he intend still to retain a UK base with another maybe smaller property or could it be that by also winding up Chris Holder Racing as a UK company in the Summer he has seriously contemplated said move. I assume he can still continue to visit his son regular. Lot's of possibilities/permutations of course and would help maybe if Chris himself put out a short notice on his twitter/instagram page saying if he was at least hopeful to be racing again in UK in 2019. Suppose we are just going to have to wait on that score until Matt or Chris supplies some news. Of course I assume Matt will try to drag out team news to take full advantage of utilising the media signing by signing around Bournemouth FC news to maximise Poole coverage which he is fully entitled to do. Can' say I blame him as it keeps interest during the dark days of Winter and is good PR. Suppose Chris and Jack will be back in Aussie anyway to prepare for Aussie Champs in order to get into qualifiers for the SGP ?? Chris now has to take the long route back in. Not much chance of wild card unless he does a Madsen over some seasons or has a resurgent career like Doyle.
  13. STEVEHOLS54

    Swindon 2019

    I wonder if Matt Ford will be working on Morris while Nick is on his all expenses paid trip to the Abu Dhabi GP for his part in helping Poole to win the Premiership. I am sure he would feel right at home with Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder. All the Aussie boys together and all three with the capability to up their official GSA's ;-) Morris has also proved he can score plenty of points around Poole.
  14. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Interesting. Remember reading up on it when I found out prior to last season Freddie was based there as my intrigue said - WHY Andorra ??? Seems they have a very favourable tax regime. Probably have a big bearing on him not racing in UK maybe, although he wont have the GP's this year. At least Jack already said in a recent POL interview for Torun that he intended to race UK this year but at the time 1/2 weeks ago he didn't know with which team. Well we know not Somerset it won't be.
  15. STEVEHOLS54

    Poole 2019

    Yes but as we know all to well what potentially on paper doesnt always work out in practice. You were pretty accurate in your assessment prior last season Gav with all the unknown entities and comments for example about Woryna not proven on UK tracks. Spaniak etc. Kutz not yet a proven number one. What it does have though is potential and shouldnt cost Ford the earth if both Holders don't want Kings ransoms which hopefully not if they do end up residing still locally.
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