Speedway News

WOLVERHAMPTON have added Swedish youngster Pontus Aspgren to their team for the 2012 Sky Sports Elite League.

Aspgren, 20, has been recommended to the club by fellow countryman Peter Karlsson and was due to appear at the Banks’s Olympique in October before having to withdraw due to injury. Wolves chief Chris Van Straaten said: “Pontus was very disappointed when he was forced to withdraw because I know how much he was looking forward to coming over here and showing us what he can do. “But he is highly recommended and for that reason we decided to continue talks about the 2012 season, and we are now delighted to have him on board and give him his chance in British Speedway. He is bursting with enthusiasm and is desperate to do well for Wolverhampton Speedway.”

ROBERT Ksiezak is on his way back to Premier League Champions Glasgow after nearly two years out of the sport with a serious knee injury.

And the Tigers have completed their 2012 line-up with the signing of New Zealand rider Jade Mudgway, who joins from Berwick.Co-promoter Alan Dick said: “I still believe that Robert has a decent future ahead of him, but he needs to make his start of the season at reserve count. I have been very pleased to follow his progress in Australia this winter and see that he looks to have recovered from his injuries.“Jade is a rider that I have admired for a couple of years and I am pleased to land him. He is a good fit for the type of side that we have and will be a very key member.”

NATIONAL League Champions Scunthorpe have named the first three riders for their 2012 line-up.

Skipper Adam Wrathall and 16-year-old Oliver Greenwood are familiar faces in what will be a much-changed team running for development purposes, and the Saints have also snapped up Tom Young in a full transfer from Newport.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Winning the league was fantastic but it was unrealistic to try and keep the bulk of that side together. We have to remember the Saints are there to develop riders for the Premier League, and they have to be run on a realistic budget.“Ideally we would like someone who can ride at No.1 and perhaps one more rider with some experience, but then there looks like being at least three places in the squad for new riders.”