King's Lynn asset returning to club is part of Stars' long-term view
King’s Lynn Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt said selecting club asset Ryan Kinsley for his Premiership debut season is part of the club’s long-term view.
Lynn are renowned for a developmental ethos especially with their past Young Stars National League speedway side, of whom Norfolk racer Kinsley was a member between 2015 and 2017.
Riders are given a one to four star rating based on the new national Rising Stars criteria, eventually progressing to Pro Star status.
Kinsley, who hails from a village near Cromer, is in the third band, meaning those with an average below a Championship League CMA (Calculated Match Average) of 3.50 points and above 3.00.
What star rating a rider possesses has no effect on building the rest of your team. It is also not necessary to engage a Rising Star with local connections (for example Belle Vue Aces have selected Eastbourne-based Tom Brennan), but Allitt feels this is important.
He said: “Ryan has been given an opportunity to shine and he feels very strongly that's the case.
“I’m a believer in not just signing anyone without using them. Unless you help that rider progress, in this case working with them or opening other doors, it’s all about a long-term plan.
“There is no point in signing riders if you’re not going to use them.”
Kinsley, who has also joined National League Kent Royals for 2021, told social media: “I’m very grateful for the Rising Star scheme and to the King’s Lynn promotion for picking me as their Rising Star.”
Of Lynn’s East Anglian rivals, Ipswich Witches have picked Drew Kemp, while Peterborough Panthers plumped for Jordan Palin.
Allitt added about the new scheme: “It will increase to two one rising star riders from next year and there will be 38 British riders in the Rising Star programme in 2022.
“It is something we should have done long ago, in my opinion. We needed to get this into the sport, what with the situation with the Polish rules.
“Last year we signed Elliot Kelly (now turned 17 years-old). Elliot is part of a fair bit of work done with the Great Britain youngsters under the likes of Rory Schlein and Jason Crump and they’ve been very impressed by him.”