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Former King's Lynn Stars skipper happy with the continuity at Wolves

Former King’s Lynn Stars skipper Rory Schlein is grateful that Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten and manager Peter Adams have retained team continuity.

With just one change being made from the original aborted 2020 line-up (Jacob Thorssell departing), the reigning British champion said: “Chris and Pete have been able to keep the main body of the team together.

“The base of the side has remained the same and has done so for a few years now, obviously bringing Tom (Bacon) in as a Rising Star.

Rory Schlein all smiles before the meeting with Belle Vue.. (47567809)
Rory Schlein all smiles before the meeting with Belle Vue.. (47567809)

“I think we’ll have the same transition where guys will be dropping down to reserve and going up into the main body which I think is important.”

Nicknamed ‘Roo-Boy’ at Lynn, the Darwin-born heat leader rode at the Adrian Flux Arena between 2013-16.

“You need very strong reserves to be in contention to win the league,” the 36-year-old added.

“The chemistry will stay the same. We get on really well and a lot of our guys who ride Wolves ride it really well.

“We’re obviously going to be strong at home.

“Being a short season, it’s going to be very, very important to pick up as many away points as possible to make sure we finish in that top two spot.”

He says the amount of time the sport remained mothballed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will make form unpredictable: “There are teams on paper that look a little bit stronger than others.

“It’s going to be completely new and different to everyone. Form-wise and that sort of stuff you can throw it out of the window, with what averages who’s got.

“You’ll have to wait for the first month or two to see how everyone is travelling and then you’ll see who the front-runners are by then.

“We’ve seen some odd play-off results in the past – the main goal is to make sure you’re in the top four so you obviously have a chance of getting into the final.

“Everyone is just excited to go sideways.”

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