Youth to take Ramsgate forward
Phil Watmough has gambled on youth to bring the title back to the Channel Arena with the relatively experienced Indro Alonen and Ville Koskiinen shipped out of Ramsgate in favour of a top three with an average age of 23. There’s no doubt the pair will prosper in division two with the recently relegated Newquay, Alonen the current world number 11, Koskiinen a previous WU19 champion. Both arrive with seven point averages than can surely only go up in the lower tier, the Knights do part with Jacek Wozniak in exchange but with £500,000 in addition going their way it was a deal just too good to turn down. Wozniak spent last season on loan with Quantock where he achieved an GSA in excess of eight points for the first time in his career, a career which began with a three year spell at Don Valley. Ramsgate will once again be led by Shane Goodwin, a rider who has averaged over ten points in each of the last two seasons, Wozniak drops in at second heat leader with 21 year old Alexander Wagner completing the top three. Wagner joined the club from Buxton in the first half of SL19 in a deal valued at well over a £1million, Artur Kulyk and Simon Wallis joining the Braves at the time, Wagner went on to become WU21 Champion for the Rams, while Buxton completed their aim of surviving the drop to division three, albeit on the final day of the season. Stuart Greenwood has been brought in by Watmough to add some stability at second string, at 25 he the oldest member of the first team line up, and given the £500,000 fee paid to Cradley Heath for his services he’ll certainly be under pressure to perform from the off.