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WOLVES BRING IN BROC FOR 2020

Wolves boss Chris van Straaten is backing new signing Broc Nicol to bring back the glory days of Americans in the Midlands.

27 / 11 / 2019, 09:04

Wolves boss Chris van Straaten is backing new signing Broc Nicol to bring back the glory days of Americans in the Midlands.

Nicol joins Rory Schlein and Ryan Douglas in agreeing terms for 2020, with CVS dropping a strong hint that he hopes Nicol’s compatriot Luke Becker will follow him to Monmore Green.

Britain’s Black Country is famous for American icons and Van Straaten hopes Nicol will become the latest in a long line to impress as he steps up into the SGB Premiership for the first time.

Having felt the brunt of Hancock and Hamill many times, it’s fantastic for us to have the prospect of tracking the two brightest talents coming out of the USA right now.

Chris van Straaten

CVS said: “Everybody talks about our great partnership from days gone by with Sam Ermolenko and Ronnie Correy, and of course down the road at Cradley we had to contend with Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill.

“Having felt the brunt of Hancock and Hamill many times, it’s fantastic for us to have the prospect of tracking the two brightest talents coming out of the USA right now. We don’t anticipate any problems with the signing of Luke and it’s an exciting time for the club.”

Nicol is confident he’ll feel at home on the tight and technical Monmore Green track. The Glasgow doubling-up man said: “Joining a club like Wolverhampton is a great move for me at this stage of my career. When they approached me, I didn’t take long in sorting a deal out.

“I’ve ridden the track a couple of times before and it’s a track I like. I guess it’s the typical American-type track in the league, and hopefully I can get dialled in quickly and start scoring some big points.

“I know I’m joining a great club with tradition in England and hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of riders like Ermolenko, Correy and Hamill, who have all ridden for the club.”

Nicol is determined to bring success to Wolves as he prepares for a busier season in 2020.

He said: “It will work well for me having that extra club to focus on next season and being able to spend more time on the bike, which I think I need now.

“I want to take my career in Europe to that next level and have a solid season, and hopefully with Wolves we can challenge for honours.

“Their fans are always getting behind their riders, which is good. Hopefully we can repay them with a league title. That would be the dream debut season for me, but I know there will be a lot of hard work to be done to achieve that goal.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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