HANCOCK IN PIRATES RETURN?
Piraterna are set to defy their financial troubles to race in 2020, and are hinting at a possible move for Greg Hancock.
13 / 11 / 2019, 15:22
Piraterna are set to defy their financial troubles and start the 2020 Swedish Elitserien season, and are hinting at a possible move for Greg Hancock.
There has been a distinct lack of transfer news from the Motala outfit, with rumours of the club battling against debts.
In a press release on the Piraterna official website, the club confirmed it is working to shore up the future of the business with rider Daniel Davidsson building the 2020 team.
While the likes of Niels-Kristian Iversen and Mikkel Michelsen have moved on, the club hints that four-time world champion Greg Hancock could be among the stars earmarked for the 2020 side.
The Californian remains in his homeland, where wife Jennie has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
If Hancock is content with Jennie’s state of health and is ready to return to Sweden, he would be a strong leader of a side which insists it will be going for gold. But the club insists there is still work to do to secure Pirates’ future.
The statement read: “We would like to thank all the supporters and sponsors who have supported the Pirates in this, both morally and with contributions.
“Daniel Davidsson is in the process of building a strong team with the goal of taking home GOLD, and if everything falls into place we will have Greg in the team again.
“But everything is not in place yet so a lot of hard work remains. As Daniel says "the hardest job remains".
“Although the emergency crisis will clear up, efforts are needed to secure the club's future in the long term. We within the board will continue to work hard to get our finances in balance.
“What can secure a business financially in the long term is a high and constant public interest combined with well-developed sponsorship activity.
“The club plans to intensify its marketing work with a number of activities such as increased youth activities, increased visibility in its own and neighbouring municipalities and further enhancing the public experience through an extended investment in targeted activities at the matches.
“What you as a supporter can contribute is to continue to come to the matches and give your support to the team.
"Together we can build a strong Piraterna!”