WOLVES AT THE DOOR
Big money exodus following closure
Willenhall’s shock closure at the end of last season has prompted a big money merry-go-round in the transfer market with the assets of the SL24 League Champions up for grabs to the highest bidder. Aaron Macaulay, Ronnell Hawtin and Matthew Joyce all secured £1million plus moves, the latter of the three doing so despite earning his 9.21 average while on loan with division two side Linlithgow last season. And it’s back to the Lions the 23 year old goes, the winner of both the BU19 and 21 crown’s in his early career, Joyce will be now looking to feature in the World Championship for the first time having broke the nine point average mark for the first time last season. Macaulay and Hawtin of course have plenty of big event experience between them, 18 GP’s for a start for world number two Hawtin, who has joined Eastbourne for £1.6million, while Macaulay’s 43 appearances puts him fourth on the all the all-time Grand Prix list, the 31 year old having now finished in the top four of the World Championship in six different seasons. He’s switched to Leeds—again for £1.6million—to become their new number one, which means no place in the Jags SL25 line-up for either Ekram Muslic (now Beverley) or Kim Cedegren, who has joined newcomers Burnham after three years at the Hawthorne. Back at Eastbourne Hawtin is joined in a new-look spearhead by Jake Coiner, a veteran of six GP series appearances the 34 year old American makes the move from Coalville, his last act at Kings Meadow to help the club he has spent the last ten years with secure promotion to the top flight.