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1 minute ago, Winditon said:

Fair comment. I'm probably being a bit unfair as i just remember him being so akward around Newcastle but as you say he could be useful away from home and he's got plenty of experience. Josh McDonald is an unknown over here but apparently comes highly recommended. Regardless of our last rider I'm delighted Stevie Worrall is back. Someone you can rely on to pick big points up home and away. I think with the side we have we are well capable of challenging around the top four.

P.S. It would be great to see Arsonfire and Boomerang become regulars again. Ha ha

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Saw Macdonald at Sheffield last season at the Big Gun meeting.

Very entertaining and exciting rider but also very hairy.

not too sure as to whether or not the tight technical track at Newcastle would suit him.

If it was me I would go with Carl Wilkinson, know the track and rides the track well.

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2 hours ago, ruffdiamond said:

Tom Bacon ?

That the Tom Bacon who is already signed for Redcar.

I would go with JBA showed some great promise at Redcar last year and should progress well this season if given the chance...... 

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24 minutes ago, slyfox said:

That the Tom Bacon who is already signed for Redcar.

I would go with JBA showed some great promise at Redcar last year and should progress well this season if given the chance...... 

JBA and Lasse would be a reunion to watch.:o:D Did you mean MBA ?

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1 hour ago, spin king said:

If it was me I would go with Carl Wilkinson, know the track and rides the track well.

Wilko has been a great servant at many tracks. No one could fault his effort last year but he isn’t the Wilko of old. 

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So happy to see Steve Worrall back :D Where he should be, feel really sorry for Victor and I hope all the undeserved bad press the Diamonds have got is glossed over... Good luck Victor Palovaara for 219 :t:Was looking forward to watching you greatly...

1 hour ago, Tsunami said:

JBA and Lasse would be a reunion to watch.:o:D Did you mean MBA ?

Do they have a bit of history like? JBA wouldn't fit anyway...

I think Mikkel B Andersen, Josh MacDonald Or here's a wildcard assuming he's available for Sundays... Daniel Spiller? Has ridden the very similar Eastourne track very well and it would leave future relations for his brother, Ethan, open... Food for thought? Presumably he'd come in on a 4.00 average? Since he's now a German but has had an average in British speedway before?

Either of them three would make me happy and would all three be strong partners for Stevie imo

Also...

  1. Devastating news about Workington speedway shutting down this year, sadly it’s left me without a spot for 2019, after some thinking and talking to afew close friends, I’ve decided to still fly over and collect my visa and spend some part of the season hoping for a opportunity.

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7 hours ago, slyfox said:

That the Tom Bacon who is already signed for Redcar.

yeah, that's him.

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10 hours ago, TotallyHonestJohn said:

Honestly

Lambo is probably the best bet of the remaining riders available, if it was someone who was dropping into reserve I would suggest taking a calculated gamble on Josh McDonald would be worth the risk but not to stick him into the main body of the team...

Plus what Lambo lacks at Brough he will make up for on many of the away tracks we have usually done poorly at...

However Martin Phillips has surprised a few this season with his team selections and he has pulled a master stroke in bringing Stevie back so I am happy to wait and see who he brings in... 

Who knows the Worrall signing might bring a few fans back...  Arsonfire is a miss galloping round the terraces doing the updates and hopefully he hasn't given up on the sport...

Regards 

THJ 

Regarding Lambert,,, just been looking at his 2018 ave. it was about 5 at home, (P'boro) and 3 away, that would suggest to me that he wouldn't make a real difference on the road.

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I remember a few seasons a go, Simon guested for us at Brough, fairly late on in the season. He got clobbered the night before and was very battered and bruised, but rode for us anyway, because he knew we were desperate.  You can't fault the lads commitment, but Brough is not one of his favourite tracks and would be in the main body of the team and I think he is a reserve at best these days.

Mason Campton has said on Facebook, we should give Josh MacDonald a go. The trouble with that is, he would have to hit the ground running.  He'd be in the main body of the team and won't have seen many of the away tracks, let alone Brough.

As mentioned above, Carl Wilkinson would come into the reckoning, simply by the numbers game and again would come in to the main body of the side.  He'd (obviously) give 100%, but is he just a decent reserve these days?

On balance I would personally go for MacDonald.  I think he'd become an asset and might just be the next good thing out of Oz.  There is only one way to find that out and take a 'gamble' on him.  There would be little lost if it didn't work out, for either party.

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you have to give  Josh Mcdonald a go. he seems keen enough and wont set off any alarms in newcastle hotels .  wilko has had his day . time to bring in new blood i think .

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36 minutes ago, ruffdiamond said:

Regarding Lambert,,, just been looking at his 2018 ave. it was about 5 at home, (P'boro) and 3 away, that would suggest to me that he wouldn't make a real difference on the road.

Regarding Lambert and looking at some of his actual scores last year at the sides left in the league this season from last;

Berwick 4+1 @ 2
Glasgow 9+1 @ 6
Redcar 3++1 @ 6
Scunny 9+1 @ 6
Sheffield 2+0 @ 7
Edinburgh 4+1 @ 7

Newcastle 0+0 @ 2

So this would suggest to me that Simon would possibly be scoring more on the road than he would at Newcastle and he does have the experience to ride at Number 2 however...

7 minutes ago, StevePark said:

I remember a few seasons a go, Simon guested for us at Brough, fairly late on in the season. He got clobbered the night before and was very battered and bruised, but rode for us anyway, because he knew we were desperate.  You can't fault the lads commitment, but Brough is not one of his favourite tracks and would be in the main body of the team and I think he is a reserve at best these days.

Mason Campton has said on Facebook, we should give Josh MacDonald a go. The trouble with that is, he would have to hit the ground running.  He'd be in the main body of the team and won't have seen many of the away tracks, let alone Brough.

As mentioned above, Carl Wilkinson would come into the reckoning, simply by the numbers game and again would come in to the main body of the side.  He'd (obviously) give 100%, but is he just a decent reserve these days?

On balance I would personally go for MacDonald.  I think he'd become an asset and might just be the next good thing out of Oz.  There is only one way to find that out and take a 'gamble' on him.  There would be little lost if it didn't work out, for either party.

You cant argue with this logic and the comment Steve makes is spot on, Simon would be a good reserve , how he would fare in the main body at home is anyone's guess, possibly not very well if past history is anything to go on; however he does have the experience at this level and will hit the ground running; and should score away. (should)

Again it is hard to disagree with the comments made regarding Carl Wilkinson who is in the exact same position as Simon I would suggest; in that he is a competent reserve but elevated into the main body of the team could be a risk; but again he has bags of experience and could do a job without massively improving and neither rider would let the team down effort wise. (would)

This brings us on to young Josh and I stand by my first thought that it would be a "no-brainer" if we were bringing him in at reserve as this was where Workington were going to slot him in and built their team to accommodate him in that position. It could be a big gamble to put him into the number 2 slot from the off. (could)

However you are correct in stating he'd become an asset and very well could be the "next good thing out of Oz."  (could)

It will be down to the promotion to take/make a hard decision and its a case of "you pays your money and takes your choice" and again it does need to be stated Newcastle have a good reputation for looking after young riders; supporting them in their development and bringing them on. (many a young foreign rider would attest to that) It could depend on how Josh feels at being slotted in at Number 2 because if he was to struggle it could seriously knock his confidence; and Brough is a tough spot for a novice. Even at reserve let alone slotting into the main body of the team.

Not an easy call by any stretch of the imagination unless of course there is someone else out there we have not thought of and we get another big surprise and everyone says "well I didn't see that one coming" as Martin has puled a few surprises since he came onto the scene so interesting times. 

So Should; Would; Could; Dilemmas Dilemmas Dilemmas!!! however always options and possibilities 

Regards
THJ

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11 hours ago, Tsunami said:

JBA and Lasse would be a reunion to watch.:o:D Did you mean MBA ?

Yes put the wrong initial. Meant MBA. JBA would not fit anyway.

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4 hours ago, slyfox said:

Yes put the wrong initial. Meant MBA. JBA would not fit anyway.

Thank goodness. JBA and Lasse were old teammates at Redcar in 2017. That have a history of riding each out, and there has been track incidents both at Redcar and away. Get’s a bit feisty at time. Quite pleased JBA doesn’t fit.

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Weighing up all the options and comments here I think MacDonald would be the best shout. When you look over the years at how quickly young Aussies have come on then it is definitely worth the gamble as all of the candidates out there would be a risk.

Aussies and New Zealanders seem to have speedway hard-wired into their DNA and I can recall seeing a very raw Jason Crump at Brough back in the day and thinking "theres one for the future."

I suppose somebody thought Jason Doyle might be a gamble at some stage.

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10 minutes ago, Tsunami said:

Thank goodness. JMA and Lasse were old teammates at Redcar in 2017. That have a history of riding each out, and there has been track incidents both at Redcar and away. Get’s a bit feisty at time. Quite pleased JMA doesn’t fit.

Or JBA.

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