Good to be back – that’s the message from King’s Lynn Stars skipper Rory Schlein who attended speedway at the Adrian Flux Arena for the first time since his spine injury.
The Australian, who crashed out in Poland a month ago, watched the home triumph over the Lakeside Hammers on Thursday (see page 47 for details) and will be out for the season.
Both the 30-year-old and former Lynn fans’ favourite Kozza Smith, who is recovering from a femur broken in three places, burns and a broken thumb while riding for Glasgow, were cheered by supporters when introduced.
Schlein was impressed by the performance against the Hammers, which included a super debut for new rider Vaclav Milik, and said of the 63-29 win: “I do honestly think we’ve turned a corner.
“It’s a confidence booster and we’ll kick on from here.”
Schlein was recovering from his six-hour operation in Poland for ten days before being airlifted out and wears a brace when out and about.
He said it was the worst injury of his career by far.
“I knew I had done something quite serious. The pain was probably the worst I have ever felt. To lose the feeling in your legs was really scary,” he added.
“No way in the world will I be back this season. It’s six months out.
“It’s nice to get up and about and be able to get here and see some familiar faces.”