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Ben Wilson: maximums for Stoke
Ben Wilson: maximums for Stoke
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Tigers have added some Sheffield steel to their side – with comeback man Ben Wilson rejoining the club.

Wilson, 28, came out of retirement this year to ride for Stoke in the National League but has done well enough to earn a place with his home town club in the Premier League.

The former British Under 21 champion comes in for Simon Nielsen in a move which sees Aussie ace Taylor Poole stay at reserve.

Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates said: “He’s been scoring maximums in the National League with Stoke and we are delighted to welcome Ben back home.

“He has a long association with the club through his late grandparents, Roy and Betty, who did wonderful work for Sheffield Speedway.

“He started his career here as a schoolboy and at 28 he is the perfect age to revive his career. He’s taken the first step in the National League and now he’s ready for the challenge of stepping up a level with ourselves.

“Ben has told us we are the only club he would have left Stoke for, because under the current rules he can’t ride for both which is a shame.

“I would also like to thank Simon Nielsen for his efforts on behalf of the club. We will do all we can to help him get fixed up with another team in the Premier League as quickly as possible.

“It’s been extremely frustrating trying to bolster the team but it’s something we felt we had to do and hopefully this will just add a little bit of strength to the side.

“We looked at a number of options. One rider asked for silly money and it just wasn’t an option. I won’t name him but it really was crazy.

“There is a shortage of riders at Premier League level, especially with the Swedish League also running on a Thursday.”