Solid looking Tigers aim for survival
SL17 WU21 Champion Andrey Spasskov aims to revitalise his ailing career and in the process keep newly promoted Brickhill in division one, with their previous three seasons at the highest level each having ended in relegation. Eastbourne have decided to cut their losses on the Russian who cost them £650,000 back in SL21, three years on and over a point lost in average the now 27 year old has signed for the Tigers for £225,000. At that price Glenn Ford could possibly have got himself a bargain, but even so it equals a record outlay for the club on a single rider, matching the figure Ford paid to bring twice World Champion Curtis Doolan back to Paxton Road in SL18. Doolanís was first at the club in a period in which they won eight trophies, including the league in SL10, Ford will be hoping the arrival of Spasskov can have the same effect on his Tigers. Spasskovís deal is the biggest to date in pre-season, closely followed at £200,000 by the fee which has taken Academy prospect Neil Burns from Telford to Leeds, when coupled with last weeks arrival at the Hawthorne Bowl of Alfie Greenwood it means that the Jaguars have now spent over £1million on riders between 15 and 17 years of age in just two seasons. Age wise Earley have gone in the opposite direction, at nearly 20 years the senior of Burns, Austrianí Christoph Algner maybe past his prime at 36, however David Grainger sees him as the ideal rider to lead his side in their first division two campaign, £70,000 the cost to the Gravediggers of bringing the current world number 13 back to these shores after two years in the European League.