The King’s Lynn Stars have announced that Ashley Morris has completed the 2015 team and will take his place at reserve alongside Lewis Kerr.
Morris, a former British Under 15 speedway champion, missed a large part of last season due to a heavy fall at the Adrian Flux Arena at Lynn.
Having taken the necessary time out to fully recover, the 20-year-old has been back on a bike in recent weeks and is ready to make his racing return with the Stars in the Elite League season, which starts within a month.
Stars promoter Buster Chapman revealed that senior riders, number one Niels-Kristian Iversen and last year’s skipper Rory Schlein, had looked over Morris at practice and confirmed that the youngster had regained fitness, allowing Chapman and co-promoter Rob Lyon to make their move.
Lynn chief Chapman said: “Ashley has got a lot of potential.
“It was a long and hard decision as obviously the lad had had a bad injury.
“We got Niels-Kristian Iversen and Rory Schlein to look at him ride in practice over here, and they said he was fit for the job.
“We would rather have gone for one of our own assets (Lewis Rose), but we had no choice.
“We would have gone for Ashley in the first place but he wasn’t fit at the time.”
Lynn had to look elsewhere for a rider when they could only protect one spot in the reserves’ draft. They opted to protect Heacham’s Lewis Kerr, while his 2014 partner Rose was picked by Swindon.
Local talent Tom Stokes, who was considered for the reserve position, will be the team’s number eight.