POOLE’S Swedish youngster Dennis Andersson will return to the Elite League champions next season.And the Pirates have also snapped up rising Australian star Sam Masters, who will double-up at Wimborne Road whilst racing for Somerset in the Premier League.Poole chief Matt Ford said: “Dennis made a big impression at the club last season and I was very keen to ensure that he was back with us. He is a rider I rate very highly and when you consider that he was carrying niggling injuries for much of last year I really believe that he has much more to give.“I have been monitoring Sam's progress since he came to England and there is no doubt that he is a great racer. He will benefit from a further season at Premier League level but I have no doubt that he will step into the breach for us too.”


NEWPORT have signed Australian rider Cory Gathercole in their only change to the line-up which lifted the Premier League Knockout Cup this year.Gathercole, who joins from Somerset, replaces Jason Doyle with Charlie Gjedde, Leigh Lanham, Anders Mellgren, Robin Aspegren, Todd Kurtz and Mark Jones all returning for the Wasps in 2012.Promoter Steve Mallett said: “We had several permutations for the side but in the end have tried to keep our Cup-winning side together as far as possible.“We knew that we had to make at least one change and considered what the options were, and Cory fitted the bill exactly. He is an exciting young rider whose Premier League form seemed to suffer last year, but we know what he is capable of and being in the environment we have at Newport we know he will be a solid addition to our side.”


REDCAR have moved for experienced Dane Ulrich Ostergaard to take over as their new No.1 for next season.Ostergaard has always had a strong record at Premier League level and will be joined on Teesside by another new signing, with the Bears bringing in young Australian Justin Sedgmen who will be looking to put a tough 2011 season behind him.Promoter Brian Havelock said: “Ulrich made a number of guest appearances for us at the end of last season to cover for the injured Jason Lyons so we know what we are getting and looking forward to renewing our acquaintance. “Justin came to this country a few seasons ago after a strong record at Under-16 level in Australia. He is young and so there is a lot of potential for further improvement.”


STOKE have been confirmed as winners of the SCB’s National League Track of the Year award.The Loomer Road circuit came out on top in the referees’ ratings concerning preparation and quality of racing.Potters chief Dave Tattum said: “We always attempt to give the riders a good racing surface and we look to provide the supporters with some good racing as well as a winning team, and this award obviously shows we must be doing something right. “It is a credit to former rider and ex-team manager Nigel Crabtree and the rest of the track staff who put in many hours of work behind the scenes in order to provide a good track, and this award is for them. They thoroughly deserve the recognition they have got this year.”