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GRIN: OPEN TO POLISH OFFERS

American star Greg Hancock admits he’s “open to offers” from Polish clubs after Rzeszow were denied a licence to compete in 2019.

16 / 01 / 2019, 11:10

American star Greg Hancock admits he’s “open to offers” from Polish clubs after Rzeszow were denied a licence to compete in 2019.

The Californian was challenged to lead the club from the Second Division all the way back to the Ekstraliga, and inspired them to promotion into the First Division for this year.

But the team won’t come to the tapes after being denied a licence due to concerns over debts, with all its riders released from their contracts.

Of course I’m open to offers – I actually haven’t had any approaches at all. Nobody has come to me directly and put a proposal in front of me but I know that most clubs are probably already sorted.

Greg Hancock

Hancock now faces a fight to secure a new club and as things stand, he’s currently only racing in the Swedish Elitserien for Dackarna on top of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix commitments.

Grin admits he is yet to receive any offers but is ready to listen to proposals from Poland.

He said: “Of course I’m open to offers – I actually haven’t had any approaches at all. Nobody has come to me directly and put a proposal in front of me but I know that most clubs are probably already sorted. If someone came forward and put an offer in front of me then I’d of course look at it but we’ll see.

“I have my team place in Sweden with Dackarna, and I am so excited about that. We have a great team and it’s an awesome club, so I’m happy to just wait and see what happens.”

One option for Hancock could be to wait until the season starts, when his chances may increase if a club loses a high-profile rider due to injury or a team is struggling for form and needs reinforcements.

He could also consider supplementing his Swedish racing with a British or Danish contract. But it’s unlikely he would be able to command anywhere near the kind of pay deal he would receive in Poland, with the SGB Premiership clubs also racing double the number of meetings an Ekstraliga or First Division side would face.

Hancock admits he is stunned by the plight Rzeszow and embattled owner Ireneusz Nawrocki have found themselves in.

He said: “It really bums me out what’s happened there and it came as a big shock to me I must admit.

“I’ve always liked Mr Nawrocki, the club president, I liked his ideas and what he wanted to do with speedway and he was one of the main reasons I signed for the club last season.

“There’s obviously lots of political stuff going on but it’s not nice to hear that there have been some financial issues. I sure hope that he’ll resolve that in the future and get the club back on an even keel again.”

Hancock is just keen to see the club survive. He added: “Nobody wins out of it – the riders, the sponsors, most of all the fans.

“They don’t have a club to support in 2019 and that’s the real shame of it all, but I’m hopeful that he can fix it and get the ball rolling again so speedway comes back to the city as soon as possible.

“The fans are getting robbed of seeing the club go to the next level. We had such a successful year last year and we all thought it was just the start. We thought we were on the edge of something pretty big.

“It’s disappointing for everyone and I’m hoping that it’s resolved one way or another so the city can keep its club.”

 

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