HOLDER CONSIDERING TORUN STAY
Chris Holder says he’s open to the idea of following Torun into the Polish First Division in a bid to spearhead their quest for promotion.
12 / 09 / 2019, 12:11
Aussie international Chris Holder says he’s open to the idea of following Torun into the Polish First Division in a bid to spearhead their quest for a PGE Ekstraliga comeback.
Torun finished bottom of this season’s table and will spend 2020 in Poland’s middle tier.
It’s a huge blow to a proud club with one of the world’s finest track-racing stadiums and they have already seen top gun Jason Doyle depart, with the SGP star rumoured to be on the verge of being reunited with his former Zielona Gora team manager Marek Cieslak at Czestochowa.
With the position Torun is in, I want to help. I’m also thinking I want to stay up in the top league. There are pros and cons to both.
Holder has been part of Torun since 2008 and admits he’s torn between staying in the top flight and helping his club regain their Ekstraliga status.
He said: “I would definitely consider it, of course. I have been at Torun for a lot of years and when I’ve had tough times, they have stuck by me.
“With regards to next year, we have spoken a little bit. They want to try and keep a similar team and they are interested.
“It’s a big decision because you want to be in the top leagues racing the best guys. But at the same time, it could be good to take a step back and just get back into it.
“I obviously want to help the club get back to where they are and then go from there. It’s definitely a tough decision.”
Holder has endured a difficult couple of years following some personal issues away from the shale.
With these now resolved, he’s hopeful of getting back to his best. While part of him is keen to continue testing himself in the top flight, he also believes a year in the First Division may be good for him as well as Torun.
He added: “The Ekstraliga is a tough league and there are a handful of guys who can score every time. A lot of guys are up and down out there. It is so cutthroat. But that’s the way it is.
“With the position Torun is in, I want to help. I’m also thinking I want to stay up in the top league. There are pros and cons to both.
“I honestly haven’t made any decisions. I have thought about it and spoken about it. I’ll have to make a decision soon because they’ll want to tie up things sooner rather than later and the same with all the other clubs.
“They don’t muck around out there. The season is done and then the team is done. We’ll see what happens.”