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(SPEEDWAY 1)BERWICK star Kozza Smith is facing around six months on the sidelines aftersuffering a broken femur in the opening round of the AustralianChampionship.Smith, who was also set to double-up with King's Lynn, was involved in acrash with Troy Batchelor, with Jake Anderson also caught in the carnage,and he was rushed to Brisbane Royal Infirmary for an operation.Berwick boss Ian Rae said: "It is so hard to take in. Obviously, he is badlyhurt and will be sidelined for a period, but he knows - as we do - that heis such an integral part of our club there will always be a place here forhim when he's ready."Speedway riders are a very special breed when it comes to recovering frombig injuries and although Kozza is clearly going to be an invalid for theimmediate future, until the operation is over and I've spoken to him myself,we don't at this point know - or want to know - about any temporary orpermanent replacement."(SPEEDWAY 2)JERRAN Hart is on the look-out for a new club after finding himself surplusto requirements at Ipswich.Hart says he would consider a move back into the National League, where hepreviously raced for Bournemouth and Mildenhall, but he is disappointed tomiss out on a Premier League place with his local club.He said: "I was devastated when I found out that I was not being retained bythe Witches, and it is a very disappointing situation for me. I have had acouple of offers, but at the moment I have nowhere to ride."If it all goes wrong for them (Ipswich) and their planning does not workout, then they know I will be ready to return if they need me. I have torespect the reasons behind their team building and I genuinely wish themwell."(SPEEDWAY 3)BIRMINGHAM newcomer Sebastian Ulamek is relishing the prospect of being back in British speedway this season.Ulamek, an Elite League title winner with Coventry in 2005, last rode regularly in the UK for Swindon in 2007 - but he has already had success at the Brummies' Perry Barr venue, winning the season-opening Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy individual three years ago.Ulamek said: "I have been looking at coming back to England for a couple of years now because I believe the busy schedule will help me be a better rider and by coming to Birmingham I feel I can only get better."I have enjoyed riding in England in the past and I am looking forward to the challenge once again. I have ridden at Birmingham before and won an open meeting there and I remember the track well, I really liked it."(SPEEDWAY 4)LUKAS Dryml is confident of being back to full fitness in time for the start of the new season - after his 2011 campaign was ended by a broken femur.Dryml sustained the injury in a July crash at Birmingham but is training hard ahead of his comeback, when he is expected to return for a fourth season with Eastbourne.He said: "There is still two months to go before the start of the season and I think my fitness will improve a lot in that time."I need to get two small screws removed from my leg, and I'll get that done by a top doctor in Prague. The long pin stays in for a year so I will ride with that in 2012 and have it removed next winter. That's no problem, it will make the bone even stronger."


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