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SCUNTHORPE have pulled off the major signing of Jason King to lead their National League team for the opening part of the season.26-year-old King, a former heat-leader in the Premier League, made limited appearances for Newcastle in 2011 due to a troublesome knee injury, and his deal with the Saints enables him to put himself back in the shop window for a team place at the higher level.Team boss Stuart Parnaby said: “I’ve said all along that we’re not out to win the league in 2012. But Jason’s signing does make us stronger, and it takes the pressure off the young lads at the bottom of the team.“Jason will be of great help to Oliver Greenwood, Danny Phillips and Max Clegg – there will be a lot they can learn from him.”


BIRMINGHAM skipper Daniel King is a confirmed starter for the Ben Fund Bonanza on his home Perry Barr circuit on March 11.Event organisers have also announced Great Britain’s most prolific World Cup rider Lee Richardson and top Australian star Rory Schlein for the first competitive action of the new season.King said: “I rode in the meeting a couple of years ago at Rye House. “On my home track I’d hope to be one of the top scorers though it’s a strong line-up. They do so much for the sport and the injured riders, it’s nice to give something back when you can.”


SHANE Parker has completed the line-up for his Farewell meeting at Sheffield on March 18.The Australian is bringing down the curtain on a 22-year career in the UK, and has added Grand Prix star Kenneth Bjerre, fellow Dane Rene Bach, Peterborough-based Swede Linus Sundstrom, German Kevin Wolbert and top Glasgow star Joe Screen to the field – the latter four being recent on-track rivals of Parker in the Premier League.He said: “I think more than anything that the reason I picked those guys is that over the last seasons of my racing, I has some really good races against them.“I’m talking close, fair and good racing. I rate all of them and that’s why I asked if they would ride in my meeting.”


BJARNE Pedersen has added his name to the glittering list of star riders to appear at Swindon’s Bob Kilby Memorial Trophy on Sunday, March 18.The Dane is preparing for his return to the Grand Prix stage after qualifying from the GP Challenge and he has also switched Elite League clubs and joined Birmingham in a two year deal.Robins co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “Bjarne raised his game last season and proved he is a genuine No.1 leading Eastbourne to the Grand Final and the Knockout Cup Final too.“He always seems to go well at Swindon and was a beaten semi-finalist here in this same event in 2010