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BERWICK have announced three signings for the new Premier League season headlined by the arrival of Ben Barker.The Great Britain international joins on loan from Coventry after racing for Plymouth last season, and also moving to Shielfield Park is Scunthorpe asset Thomas Jorgensen, the Dane having impressively guested for the Bandits this year.In addition, Berwick plan to track 19-year-old Australian Jake Allen, who hails from Queensland and has been in good form this winter with second place in his State Championship ahead of several UK-proven riders.Bandits chairman John Anderson said: “We are initially announcing these three new riders and feel these captures will excite potential sponsors, as well as fans of course. “We can only reiterate that we need the support of a new main sponsor as well as associate sponsors, but by pushing on with progressive team news we feel this can only encourage folks to support and back the 2015 Bandits.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

IPSWICH have appointed long-serving track photographer Phil Hilton as their new team manager for the 2015 season.Hilton takes charge of the Premier League club after Brian Messenger took a caretaker role this year following the decision of co-promoter Chris Louis to step down from the position.Louis said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Phil’s approach to the job. Many will instantly point out that he doesn’t have any experience, but that can often work in your favour, with no preconceived ideas of the job itself or indeed the riders and their characters. “One thing I am confident about is his ability to handle situations and people. A long and successful career as a police officer is in my opinion a very good background to have for this type of job. “Phil has probably attended as many meetings as I have in the past few years so all in all I’m happy that the team are in good hands. With riding order and team captaincy to decide in the coming weeks he’s going to have important decisions to make straight away!”

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MILDENHALL have named Jack Kingston as their third confirmed starter for next season’s National League campaign.Kingston will be going into his second year with the Fen Tigers having averaged just under five in 2014, but both club and rider believe he has the potential to take on a strong heat-leader role at West Row.Chairman Kevin Jolly said: “Jack has something that makes people sit up and take notice when he races, he is a hugely exciting talent and if we can get the best out of him next year there is no reason why he shouldn’t challenge for the No.1 race jacket! “The potential is all there for everyone to see, he is a real racer and very, very quick as we saw last season. At times though that was his downfall and cost him too many points, but I do feel towards the end of the season the penny dropped and he was taking on board the advice we were giving him. “On an average of under five points he is an absolute steal and can only go one way and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him add three points to his average in 2015.”


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