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King’s Lynn Stars ‘gutted’ to miss out on 2017 speedway world champ Jason Doyle

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King’s Lynn boss Alex Brady has stoked up the fire ahead of the Stars’ clash with rivals Ipswich at the Adrian Flux Arena next Thursday.

Lynn were due to begin their league cup campaign last night at their East Anglian foes but it was snowed off – so the Stars will be eager to host the Witches next week.

Brady’s men are in a group of three alongside the Witches and Peterborough with the winners heading into the League Cup Final against the winners of Belle Vue, Sheffield and Wolverhampton’s group.

Jason Doyle by Taylor Lanning.
Jason Doyle by Taylor Lanning.

Boss Brady said: “It’s a great way to start the season against our dearest friends and rivals at Ipswich when they come back to the Adrian Flux Arena next Thursday.”

Brady has revealed how he felt ‘gutted’ to miss out on 2017 world champion Jason Doyle after productive talks between the two parties over a number of days shortly after the end of last season. He insists there are no hard feelings and he remains full of admiration for Doyle, who lives in Norwich.

But he said: “I like to be honest and open with fans and I thought at one stage I had Jason in the bag for King’s Lynn.

Stars manager Alex Brady. Credit: Ian Burt. MLNF-22IB03339
Stars manager Alex Brady. Credit: Ian Burt. MLNF-22IB03339

“We had good discussions and everything was looking positive but I suspect Ipswich offered him a more attractive all-round package and fair pay to them for that, they have got themselves a fabulous rider.”

And Brady has also revealed how he felt annoyed when Erik Riss was bagged by the Witches.

“Erik and I had a heart to heart in October and it was agreed it would be in the best interests of both the rider and the club had a year apart,” he said.

“I told him there was only one condition on our side – that he doesn’t sign for Ipswich under any circumstances!

“Then look what happened! I wasn’t happy at the time but when you look at the bigger picture there aren’t a lot of options in the Premiership and I’m fine with it now, I suppose it just adds to the spice between Ipswich and ourselves.

“We went in a different direction and I was delighted with the team we managed to put together.

“Battling to sign riders works both ways and I’m sure there were one or two riders I signed that Ipswich and other clubs were interested in, but we got the riders we wanted in the end.”

Purchasing online tickets will still be the fastest way to gain entry to the venue. Tickets purchased in advance will mean that whatever time you arrive you have a dedicated entrance which should stop a lot of queuing on the night.

Equally every month a draw will be made for a ticket holder to win an opportunity to watch racing from the centre green and a pits tour before the meeting.

Tickets are now on sale with full details available from the official club website.

Brady added: “It’s time for us to show what our new side can do.

“The pre-season has been good, we’re all getting on well together and hopefully that togetherness will help us achieve what we want to achieve.”

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