DEVILS IN THE RETAIL
Double buy boosts Denaby
Spending little, but gaining a lot. Denaby have made themselves real title contenders in SL24. Five years on from starting out in division three, Steve Pearce looks to have built a side capable of competing against the very best, with the current top four averaging over 40 in pre-season, their combined GSA is just a little over 31. Zarek Jablonski—who became world number two shortly after making his permanent move to the club in SL21—leads the Devils once again, the 33 year old has come back as fresh as ever, with the Pole scoring two full maximums in the recent home 30 point plus home wins over Kingswinford and Border. Also returning to the Hellodrome is 22 year old Callum Osborne, after a breakthrough season in SL23—the WU21 finalist moved from reserve to heat leader—the signs are he’ll continue on his upward trajectory, he scoring a maximum himself against Border plus impressing in all three of Denaby’s other warm-up meetings to date, most notably the latest at Medeswell where after two wins and two second places he found himself in heat 15. He’s averaging over ten in pre-season, but not far behind are the two recent signings made by promoter Steve Pearce, Lesta Markoff and Indro Alonen. The two experienced eastern Europeans have certainly hit the track running, like Jablonski, former world number ten Markoff—who joined in a swap deal from Altrincham—scored maximums in both of the Devils home meetings to date, while Alonen, a £70,000 addition from Buxton, has scored a point in every one of his races in pre-season, winning a healthy proportion of them.