Young Stars capture duo

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The King’s Lynn Young Stars have completed the signing of two more riders including last year’s captain James Cockle, who will spearhead the team with Tom Stokes next season.

The experienced speedway racer Cockle (27) will be the new number one for 2015, while Shane Hazelden also returns to the club.

They join Stokes, Josh Bailey and Ryan Kinsley as signed up for next season.

Young Stars team manager Dale Allitt expressed his delight at being able to keep hold of Cockle, who has completed a recovery from a nasty arm break sustained in May 2013 against Coventry.

He said: “James had a good end to the season for us and was scoring well. He found confidence in his engines and I believe that he can get even better next season.

“Our thanks go to James’s parent club Glasgow for their co-operation in completing the deal.

“I knew I wanted James back soon after last season finished and I am pleased we have been able to do that.”

The news of Cockle returning to the Young Stars comes after the completion of the National League AGM which took place on Tuesday last week.

The 21-year-old Hazelden last raced for the Young Stars in 2013 but saw his season ended early through a knee injury. After taking a year out he is ready to return and play his part in the Young Stars challenge for honours next term.

Hazelden is the fifth rider to be confirmed at the Norfolk Arena next season. Allitt was delighted to have completed successful negotiations.

He said: “Having Shane in the team is great.

“He has taken a year out and from what he has said to me during negotiations, he has really missed racing.

“I don’t want to put pressure on him, just let him race next season. We have the foundation of a strong team that can do very well. Our thanks go to the Lakeside promotion for their help in signing Shane for next year.”

Hazelden is looking forward to making a return to the sport.

He said: “I have missed the buzz of racing and can’t wait to get started. I must say thanks to my sponsors Paul Hubbard and Andrews Garage for their support as well as my family.”

The 2015 National League champions will be decided over the course of 18 meetings in the old traditional format of the team finishing top of the league – and the top four will then enter a stand-alone Gold Cup competition at the end of the season.

The all-important points limit for team building purposes has been set at 36 points and a minimum limit has also been introduced at 30.

The race format remains unchanged from 2014 and the tactical ride rule is now the same as Premier League regulations – one per meeting and not available in aggregate ties.

The National League Pairs will be at Lynn, on a Saturday during mid-summer, with the date to be finalised.