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King's Lynn Stars skipper believes recent signing will be a trump card at Adrian Flux Arena

Club captain Lewis Kerr does not think new King’s Lynn Stars signing Lewis Bridger will need much bedding-in.

Former Great Britain World Cup rider Bridger, who has been out of thesport for nearly four years, arrived last week at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Dersingham’s Kerr says the Sussex man, probably joining at reserve, will be “a real trump card” at the Saddlebow Road stadium outfit.

Lewis Kerr all smiles walking the track.. (44270658)
Lewis Kerr all smiles walking the track.. (44270658)

The pair know each other well in speedway’s top flight since during 2016 they were together at Lakeside Hammers. Both have also been at Eastbourne Eagles, but not together.

The last time 31-year-old Bridger rode was in the second-tier Championship with Berwick in 2017 before retiring.

They were also part of a team-within-a-team, Revolution Speedway, which supplied bikes, equipment and support and involved Rob Painter, the current Great Britain supremo.

The GB national speedway team since 2018 has been under a new professional management structure and was taken over by VRX Motorsport, which is jointly led by Painter.

The 30-year-old Kerr hopes to be back with his home-town side for the 2021 Premiership campaign, and said of his namesake, who is a former Elite League title winner: “Lewis probably knows more than the rest of us.

“He has been around a long time and has ridden at a high level. We all support each other as much as we can, and Lewis is no different. He is a big character and knows what he has got to do.”

The West Norfolk pro added of the Minors and Brady Stars’ new arrival: “Mostly on his average he would probably fit in at reserve. To have Lewis Bridger at reserve is unbelievable, really.

“He’s been amazing in the past. He’s done well over in Poland. He was so good as a youngster that when he was 16 he didn’t start in the second tier, he went straight into the Premiership (Elite League then; during his first spell with Eastbourne in 2006).

“He will be a real trump card for Lynn. There won’t be a better reserve in this league, nowhere near.”

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