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(SPEEDWAY 1)WOLVERHAMPTON have signed highly-rated Polish youngster Lukasz Sowka for the2012 Elite League season.18-year-old Sowka made his first appearance at Monmore Green in the Banks'sOlympique individual event in October, and impressed club bosses with hissix-point score as well as his all-round organisation.Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: "First impressions on track play a bigpart in what we do team-wise. He attacked the track, he looked confident andhis equipment is second to none. His management team have also been apleasure to deal with."He fits the image of what we are trying to create, and I think he willperform on the Elite League stage. I would hope we can build a team whichwould put him at reserve."(SPEEDWAY 2)POOLE asset Ricky Kling has been handed an opportunity with his parent clubnext season.The Swedish rider joined the Pirates two years ago in a swap deal which tookDaniel Davidsson to Lakeside, but he has yet to appear for the reigningElite League Champions having had loan spells with Eastbourne and Belle Vue.Poole promoter Matt Ford said: "It has been frustrating for the club andRicky that we haven't worked together since the move, but hopefully this isworth the wait."In the past he has achieved a 5.44 average and having talked with him, I'maware he has the potential to eclipse his current figure. icky istremendously excited at finally riding for the club he joined two years agoand now I'm hoping he can make up for lost time."(SPEEDWAY 3)NEWPORT are looking to fix up two of their assets in the National Leaguenext season with the Welsh club not operating at that level in 2012.Todd Kurtz, who topped the Hornets' averages this year and will ride forNewport again in the Premier League, and young reserve Richard Andrews, haveboth been made available.Co-promoter Nick Mallett said: "We have managed to secure teams for a few ofour assets, but as yet Todd and Richard are without team spots for the newseason, and both are ultra-keen to get sorted."Both increased their averages and would be good signings for any club inthe league. We hope that we can get them team berths for 2012."

(SPEEDWAY 4)KING'S Lynn have confirmed Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen will take overas their No.1 next season - after holding talks with former World ChampionNicki Pedersen.Iversen will again be joined at the Norfolk Arena by fellow countryman MadsKorneliussen with David Howe also signed as a doubling-up rider. Stars boss Rob Lyon said: "In all honesty it would have been a blockbustersigning for the fans having Nicki in the team, but we would have been verytop-heavy and it was obviously not meant to be. "Instead we are going for strength in depth similar in similar style toEastbourne who finished Elite League runners-up last season. Niels will beour No.1 and I will work with him on becoming a more consistent rider, whileMads is great rider and I can see him adding a point to his average. Atreserve it now means we will be very strong."(SPEEDWAY 5)JAMES White-Williams has joined Dudley Heathens from Newport for the 2012National League season.The Welshman celebrated his 26th birthday last week and will start the newcampaign on a 4.53 average, being joined at the former Cradley club by 2011Rider of the Year Darryl Ritchings who looks set to start next term in areserve slot.Said White-Williams: "It's great for me to secure a move like this and myintention is to show everyone what I can really achieve."I was doing well last season until I suffered an injury and that knocked meback but with a full year ahead I know I can put my average up. Dudley is aclub everyone wants to ride for because of their brilliant support and I'mdelighted to have the opportunity."