RORY Schlein will be back with Wolverhampton in 2018 – after a successful early-season switch to Monmore this year.
The Australian came into the Wolves side back in April when they made a double team change, and helped them to reach Finals in both the SGB Premiership and the KO Cup.
Co-promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “Rory is an outspoken character and his reputation as such had spread throughout the sport.
“That’s the reason why we were reluctant to sign him and, perhaps, the reason why we passed by the chance to sign him at the start of last season.
“But we decided to give it a go and after a successful time working with him I can honestly say it’s a ‘yes’ from me to working with him next season again!
“He’s a quality performer, he also became very solid with the Wolverhampton supporters and we are pleased to welcome him back to the club.”
POOLE have handed club asset Josh Grajczonek a return to Wimborne Road for the first time since their title-winning campaign of 2014.
Grajczonek, who rode for Somerset this year, won back-to-back top-flight crowns with the Pirates after coming into the side midway through the 2013 season.
Promoter Matt Ford said: “Josh's place in the team for our 70th anniversary season is another massive statement of intent.
“Alongside Brady Kurtz, I am expecting great things from Josh next year. He featured heavily in both 2013 and 2014 when we won the title so I'm hoping he can be another good omen for us 2018.
“He is extremely easy to work with, fits the Pirates mould perfectly and is a genuine heat leader who can play a key role as we look to claim a tenth top-flight title.”
LEICESTER captain Danny King and mid-season signing Kyle Newman will both be back with the Lions next year.
Former British Champion King will be going into his second full campaign at Beaumont Park whilst Newman made a positive impression after joining the club shortly after his release from rivals Poole in the summer.
King said: “I’m really pleased to be back. I enjoyed my time with Leicester last year, and I really enjoyed working with the Bates’s.
“I feel like the club is moving in the right direction, I’m pleased to be part of it and hopefully I can help make sure it’s a much more successful season next year.”
Newman added: “I was thankful to Leicester for taking a chance on me in the top flight last year, and I’m pleased to be able to repay that loyalty.
“They stuck by me when I had a pretty stop-start season, but next year I have a point to prove and I want to show everyone what I’m capable of.”
SGB Premiership champions Swindon have confirmed British youngsters Adam Ellis and Zach Wajtknecht as starters for next season.
The duo were recently added to the Robins’ asset base after playing their part in the club’s title triumph of 2017, and will now be back for the defence.
Boss Alun Rossiter said: “It’s good to have Adam and Zach back.
“Adam struggled at the early part of last season and there were people putting us under serious pressure to release him, but we stood by him.
“He ended up doing a fine job for the team and we’re delighted to have him back for next season.
“Zach is one of Britain’s best and most promising young riders and he is the kind of rider we want here at Swindon.”