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BELLE Vue have confirmed the transfer request issued by youngster Jason Garrity – but say talk of a permanent move to Rye House is premature.Aces promoter David Gordon says only two conversations have taken place with the Rockets, with whom Garrity has signed on-loan this season, but no agreement has been reached.Gordon said: “We are such a long way from reaching an agreement that it may well have to go to arbitration. But we have already had interest from an Elite League club since the news was released so we may withdraw from any talks with Rye House.“Garrity did put in a transfer request out of the blue. We accepted it because we only want riders here who want to be at Belle Vue and we did offer Rye House the first refusal because he had signed for them on loan.”


LEIGH Lanham is set to sign a short-term deal with Rye House as cover for Australian teenager Tyson Nelson.Nelson has been the victim of a technical error in the Rockets’ visa application, which was accidentally submitted via personal e-mail rather than signed on company notepaper.It means the club will have to start from scratch with a fresh application leaving Nelson likely to miss the opening matches of the campaign.The Rockets have applied to the BSPA Management Committee to bring in Lanham, who has been left without a Premier League club following the closure of Newport, with the proviso that he will be released should he be offered a more permanent position become available to him elsewhere.


BEN Taylor will be back with Buxton in the National League this season.The 21-year-old has ridden for the Hitmen throughout much of his career, with the exception of 2010 when he sustained a complicated broken wrist in his first match for Dudley and missed the rest of the campaign.Buxton chief Jayne Moss said: “Ben is very popular at Buxton and is a pleasure to deal with. We are very pleased to have him in the side once again, and I am sure he will form a strong spearhead with Robert (Branford) and Tim (Webster).“We have three good heat-leaders who are all capable of scoring big points, and who should be a match for anyone in the league. We have a good-looking team and everything is coming together nicely now.”


RYE House have been forced into a change at National League level with Lee Strudwick withdrawing from the team.Strudwick was set to return to speedway with the Raiders after a year out, but has pulled out after being made redundant at work leaving him unable to subsidise his racing.It leaves the Raiders facing an un-planned re-jig to their line-up, with only four main body riders – David Mason, Ben Morley, James Sarjeant and Shane Hazelden – currently in place, with the remaining three places set to come from the club’s Training School pupils.Promoter Len Silver said: “We looked at the available pool of riders available in the market to plug Lee’s sudden absence, but they just did not tie in with our objectives with the Raiders, so we are aiming to turn to one of our own.”



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