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King's Lynn Stars swoop for two new riders

King’s Lynn made two team changes in time for their trip to rivals Peterborough with the additions of American ace Ricky Wells and Connor Mountain.

The move means that three of the starting seven have already been changed by the Minors and Brady Stars just two weeks into the new season.

Lewis Bridger, who made a comeback to the sport after four years away last month, has asked to stand down for personal reasons while Mountain replaces Ryan Kinsley.

Lewis Bridger. Picture: Ian Burt. (47035890)
Lewis Bridger. Picture: Ian Burt. (47035890)

Stars boss Peter Schroeck said: “We support Lewis with his request because we want to work with him and we send him our very best wishes.

“Hopefully this isn’t the end of him and we will see him back racing when he feels the time is right.

“We welcome Ricky into the team, a rider of vast experience and we are looking forward to seeing him in action.

“We want to keep the winning mood going in our camp after our brilliant result at Ipswich on Thursday.

“Ricky is a good character and I know he’s pleased to be lining up for King’s Lynn.”

Wells is joined in the team by local lad Mountain.

Mountain gets his chance in the top-flight alongside his Championship commitments with Newcastle.

Despite the move, Lynn have stressed that Kinsley’s long-term future remains with the club.

The 23-year-old started his career with King’s Lynn in the Midland Development League, before an extensive National League spell with Mildenhall.

He does have Premiership experience from a stint with parent club Leicester in 2018, and he went on to hep the Lions secure the second-tier title the following year.

Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt said: “We must stress first and foremost that this isn’t the end of the road for Ryan, and we’re trying to get him a Championship team place.

“He needs more riding as opposed to once a week in the Premiership, and with the National Development League not really having got going yet.

“He has found it tough after a change of machinery at the start of the season, but the results we suffered at home were not down to him.

“We just feel for his long-term future it’s the right time for him to take one step back to go two steps forward.”

“Connor does have that bit more experience at senior level, and he’s a local lad after starting with us in our MDL title-winning team.

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