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MASTERS MAKES WOLVES RETURN

Aussie star Sam Masters is back with Wolverhampton this season after securing a visa to race in Britain’s top two leagues.

11 / 01 / 2020, 10:10

Aussie star Sam Masters is back with Wolverhampton this season after securing a visa to race in Britain’s top two leagues.

Masters is set to split his time between the Monmore men in the SGB Premiership and Edinburgh in the Championship.

With his application for a visa allowing him to do double duty approved, Wolves owner Chris van Straaten is delighted to have the Newcastle-born racer back for a fourth straight season.

Thankfully everything is in place and we can now confirm Sam as part of the team. He’s a good guy and a very classy rider on his day and I believe we can get more out of him next season.

Chris van Straaten

He said: “Thankfully everything is in place and we can now confirm Sam as part of the team. He’s a good guy and a very classy rider on his day and I believe we can get more out of him next season.

“He was always keen to be back with us and we’re delighted to have everything in place. The riders know each other well throughout the team and it’s an opportunity for us to go one better than last season and go all the way in the play-offs.

“Sam has had a lot on his plate by becoming a new Dad and a busy schedule last season and I’m sure he will have a good season with us.”

Masters joins compatriot Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell, Nick Morris, Ryan Douglas, Luke Becker and Broc Nicol at Monmore Green.

Van Straaten defended his decision to build a side that falls well short of the 42.50-point team-building limit.

He said: “Yes we are below, but with Broc Nicol in the side, we have a rider who has never even ridden at this level, so we don’t know the realistic figure.

“I know I’ve been criticised but when you look down the side, there is improvement in most of the team. We have riders like Nick and Jacob who started last season on the injured list. I’m certain they will hit the ground running this year and we can be successful.”

 

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