King's Lynn skipper will think twice about captaincy role at Adrian Flux Arena for next season
Dersingham racer Lewis Kerr says he will need to think twice if he is again offered the captaincy by his local King’s Lynn Stars club.
Stars boss Alex Brady said he understands Kerr’s position and wants a skipper to be like an assistant team manager.
While enjoying his first full season as skipper during 2021, Kerr felt he regained better form by the end of the Premiership campaign, a period which coincided with the Stars experimenting with the role among different riders.
This season-closing spell began with Danish rider Thomas Jorgensen assuming the skipper’s race jacket against the Sheffield Tigers at home on September 9.
When he was asked whether he hypothetically would accept the role if offered it in 2022, Kerr replied: “I’m not sure.
“When I stood down and focused on myself, my form really did improve.”
Overall it was a difficult job, especially with Lynn gaining a sluggish start and finishing bottom of the table.
The 31-year-old Lynn born speedster said: “I found it quite tough. If you have an off-night it was tough to get the boys going again, as well as me. It’s tough to juggle it.
“When you’re going well it’s easier to get stuck into the boys. With things being so tough, I found it hard.”
Stars boss Brady said he was aware about Kerr’s position and added that he is flexible about what sort of rider can captain the team.
It does not follow that a number one heat leader will automatically take the role.
Brady said: “He’s right. With Lewis being involved in the play-offs (as a guest for Peterborough) he’s got a taste for it and he wants to continue that into next year.
“Absolutely the captaincy is not a simple decision.
“The captain is not necessarily the best rider or the number one, whoever it may be. It could be a Rising Star or someone from the middle order.
“I want someone to be almost the assistant team manager: to gee the boys up and take ownership of the leadership.”
The Minors & Brady Stars are closing in on a fourth signing (see Tuesday’s Lynn News) and ideally Brady would like to get all the signings done by the end of the year.
He added: “In an ideal world everything will be done by then but if it rolls over into next year it doesn’t matter.
“We don’t want to make a signing just for the sake of it.”