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All eyes on Swans after ‘fresh start’

Over £4million worth of talent on the books of Swanage will begin SL32 riding for other clubs after another about turn by team boss Ross Miles. Martin Jacobsen and Joshua Ward the scapegoats for a run of poor finishes in the league for the Swans, the two find themselves out on loan at Woodhouse and Warrington respectively despite improving on their averages in SL31, a coup for the two teams in question. Phil Hart—a rider who cost £3.5million five years ago—however gets to keep his place despite his GSA hitting a career low 5.79. Miles assuming perhaps it can’t get any worse for the rider billed as ‘the next big thing’ when he won the WU21 title as a 19 year old. He’s won nothing of note in the six years since. The re-fresh does look promising on paper at least, with two heat leaders coming in with vital top flight experience. Matthew Francis finished third in the Stoke averages last season as they came in seventh in division one, the fact that he hasn’t scored a full league maximum in three campaigns came as no deterrent to Miles spending £2milllion in making him his number two. Jan Tervo replaces Francis at the Wildfire, he has spent the majority of the last four seasons out on loan, SL31 with Dover where he averaged 8.45. The number one role at Swanage meanwhile goes to a rider that certainly deserves it, Cameron Richards having won every club honour in his seven years at Newark, the now 29 year old Kiwi having led the side to 12 trophies in that time. The Invaders demise prompted Swanage to splash out another £3.3million on him, and in this market that does look like money well spent.


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