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ALUN Rossiter has returned to his hometown club Swindon as co-promoter and team manager.Rossiter rejoins the Robins after a two-year stint at Elite League rivals Coventry, with whom he won the title in 2010 after several near-misses at Blunsdon.Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett said: “The development at Coventry was completely unexpected. Alun had been very successful there and as soon as I was aware that he was leaving the Bees I did not hesitate to contact him to establish if he would be interested in a return to the Robins.“He comes back to Swindon a more accomplished manager than the one that left in 2009 and is someone fully versed with how the club runs both on and off the track. With Terry (Russell) taking a backseat in the running of the club that will be a tremendous asset for the club.”


BELLE Vue star Patrick Hougaard has signed a new contract with the club for his fourth full season at Kirkmanshulme Lane.The 22-year-old Danish international had a mixed 2011 campaign, not helped by two injuries suffered in Poland – a lacerated hand which required 28 stitches, and then concussion from a severe blow to his head.Hougaard said: “Things didn’t work out for me in England this season for one reason and another. The injury to my hand affected my form and really came at the wrong time of the year. I will take the positives from my season, and after a short break I will put all of my efforts into the 2012 season. “The news about the new stadium is exciting and something the club and whole city of Manchester can be proud of. I want to be part of the Aces team that takes to the track in the opening meeting at the new stadium.”


BIRMINGHAM will have experienced Danish Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen as their top rider in the 2012 Elite League season.Pedersen, 33, has won four league titles during his time in the UK – one with Premier League Newcastle and a hat-trick with parent club Poole. He has signed a two-year deal at Perry Barr having helped Eastbourne to the Elite League Grand Final in 2011.Birmingham manager Graham Drury said: “He is committed. There are some riders who won’t think twice about pulling out of a meeting but Bjarne doesn’t do that, just go back down the years and look at his record for reliability with Poole and, more recently, Eastbourne.“He was the one who asked about the possibility of a two-year deal which was also nice. He wants a bit of stability and continuity and that’s exactly what I was looking for at the same time so it all fell into place nicely.”


ISLE of Wight manager co-boss Kevin Shepherd has confirmed that changes will be made over the winter in order for the club to make a stronger impact on the National League.Shepherd has hinted an arrangement is already in place for a new signing to kick off the Islanders’ team planning.He said: “We are looking to build a team sooner rather than later. Once we have the go-ahead from the rider’s current promoter, we will be in a position to announce our new signing to start our team building off for next season.“We are aware that the team does need changing and strengthening up from last year and equally that other teams have to weaken. As yet we don't know which riders are available on the market but what we will do is gradually build through the winter.”

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