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PREMIERSHIP | POOLE KEEP KURTZ FOR 2019

Former Aussie champion Brady Kurtz is set for a fourth straight season at Poole, and club owner Matt Ford says he won’t be starting at No.1.

11 / 12 / 2018, 22:30

Former Aussie champion Brady Kurtz is set for a fourth straight season at Poole, and club owner Matt Ford insists he won’t be carrying the No.1 mantle.

The 22-year-old has spent much of his Pirates career wearing the No.1 race jacket and played a key role as the club stormed to SGB Premiership title glory this season.

It was never in doubt that Brady would come back as he’s brilliant to deal with. He lives in Poole and doesn’t want to ride for anyone else.

Matt Ford

Ford had no hesitation in bringing one of the sport’s top young prospects back for 2019.

He hinted that Kurtz won’t start in the toughest race jacket again, but he backed the Leszno rider to be battling for the No.1 position.

He said: “It was never in doubt that Brady would come back as he’s brilliant to deal with. He lives in Poole and doesn’t want to ride for anyone else.

“I think everyone knows what we get from Brady. However, last year there were a few people, who clearly know the sport better than I do, who were questioning Brady being in the team at all.

“Sadly he had to carry the mantle of the No.1 position in 2018 when really he should still be learning his trade.

“With Chris Holder not being able to ride last year as planned, it did put a lot of pressure on Brady so I’m pleased he won’t be starting the new season as No.1.  However, I firmly believe he can be pushing for that spot.”

Kurtz signs on a 7.05 average, joining Italian international Nicolas Covatti (4.70), meaning Ford has used up 11.75 of his 2019 42.5 team-building allocation.

 

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