Australian tipped to go 'big places' for King's Lynn club during 2022 Premiership campaign
King’s Lynn Stars team manager Alex Brady said new signing Josh Pickering would not feel any pressure at being number one, adding the Australian will “go big places”.
Pickering, who arrives on an average of 7.38, is one of four new faces the Minors & Brady Stars have brought in for 2022, as revealed in Thursday’s meeting with fans at the Adrian Flux Arena stadium.
Boss Brady told the Lynn News about next season’s Stars Premiership speedway team: “It’s a team full of entertainers.
“It’s a team that we looked at hard, and thought long and hard about it. We’ve had it on paper for a long, long time.
“We didn’t necessarily think it would all come together. It has all done so now. I obviously couldn’t have wished for a better team personally.”
Brady said Pickering would feel no pressure: “No, I don’t think it will be a problem for him. I think it’s a challenge he is going to relish, it’s a challenge he has already spoken about several times to me that he’s looking forward to.
“I think if he wanted to be number one at any track it’ll be here because he goes so well here. I am really looking forward to seeing him in Stars colours.
“I actually spoke to Thomas (Jorgensen), Richard (Lawson) and Lewi (Kerr) a lot in the initial stages of team building and I asked them if you could pick one rider, who would you sign or who would you like to come along?
“Lewi’s got his with Richie Worrall, Thomas had his with Kildemand but the one who was most keen to get anybody in was Richard with Josh Pickering and he was delighted we’ve got him.
“In fact he called me 20 minutes before we started this tonight and he actually asked me if he’s coming over from Australia for it - and he’d make the trip up if he did.
“He’s really pleased and Josh is a really exciting talent. I think he’s going to go big places in the sport.”
On whether Pickering, who this week celebrated his 25th birthday, is a typical outgoing ‘Aussie’, Brady replied: “He’s brash, very jokey and playful. He’s a character we need in the pits. He’ll fit in well.”
Both Pickering and fellow new heat leader Peter Kildemand relayed video messages to Lynn supporters while 2021 season sensation Richard Lawson could not attend because he had just finished a plastering shift.
Lynn revealed on the night that their number eight rider for 2022 will be Jake Mulford.
The Norwich-born 17 year-old would next season be eligible to take any ride of Rising Star rider Jack Thomas if for some reason the latter fell injured or otherwise unavailable.
Averages: Josh Pickering 7.38, Richard Lawson 7.19, Peter Kildemand 7.10, Thomas Jorgensen 5.89, Lewi Kerr 5.55, Richie Worrall 5.38, Jack Thomas (Rising Star).