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LOVED UP

Maldon joy at record signing

Maldon were the surprise winners of the race to sign in-demand World Number two Martin Lovett, his £850,000 switch from Oslo the pick of the pre-season transfer moves. A world under 19 champion back in SL13, the New Zealander has taken his time to reach the very top of the sport, now 30 heíll be looking to drag his new side with him to silverware success. Maldon boss Tom Naylor will certainly hope so after he had to smash the club transfer record to get him, his fee over three times that Naylor paid on his previous biggest buy, current number one Tomasz Blasiak. The Marauders top two will not only be more than a match for anything the rest of the second tier has to offer, but also for any combination in the world, no doubt their first target will be the Club Pairs, the only major competition Naylorís side have won in their seven year history. Promotion to division one for the first time is now a must of course, thatís the real reason Lovett has been brought in, and then beyond that the league title itself. Having two riders with GSAís over ten and a half points certainly makes team building tricky, and the Maldon promoter still has plenty of work to do in that regard, clubs yet to be found for Darko Jericek and Renat Koslov, who have GSAís of 7.83 and 6.56 respectively. With the vast majority of clubs having done their business already itís difficult to see where the two could fit elsewhere, they cost the club £150,000 apiece last season, leaving a large financial hit on the cards. Elsewhere the £850,000 fee paid for Lovett was matched by Glasshoughton when they signed England International Tom Powell from Bolsover, the Gazelles becoming the tenth club of the 27 year olds career.

 

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