King’s Lynn Young Stars suffer Hughes blow

PAKENHAM: Mildenhall Fen Tigers' new signing Kyle Hughes
Picture Mark Westley
PAKENHAM: Mildenhall Fen Tigers' new signing Kyle Hughes Picture Mark Westley

King’s Lynn Young Stars National League side have been dealt a blow after Kyle Hughes informed the club of his decision to stand down from his role at No.1.

Hughes was unveiled last month but has now opted to quit due to concerns over injuries he sustained during the 2016 season with Eastbourne and Mildenhall.

The 27-year-old has apologised to everyone at the speedway club but says he had to put himself first.

“I haven’t led King’s Lynn on,” said Hughes. “They were aware of certain things and while Dale Allitt (Lynn chief) has been brilliant in trying to sort things, my mind was already made up.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club because they’ve done a lot for me this winter. They tried to get my average reduced to help me get fixed up in the SGB Premiership and they’ve been very supportive in a lot of ways over the winter.

“Last season was another disastrous one for me; suffering a broken leg in April and then a collarbone / shoulder injury in August.

“They were just two more injuries added to a long list that I’ve suffered in my career and after a bit they start to take their toll.

“I’ve been in the gym a lot trying to shake off an ankle problem and to try and be as fit as I can to be as competitive as I can.

“In some respects, I’d have been riding against doctor’s orders for the first part of the season anyway, but I sat back, looked at everything properly and thought: Is it worth the risk right now?”

“I turn 28 this year, I’ve got a second child due in March too and I need to start putting myself and my family first.

“I’m gutted to let Dale and the club down.”