TRANSFER WINDOW FOR PREMIERSHIP
SGB Premiership sides will only be able to make two team changes during the season after promoters voted to introduce a transfer window.
15 / 01 / 2020, 08:13
Britain’s SGB Premiership sides will only be able to make two team changes during the season after promoters introduced a transfer window.
Aside from replacing injured riders, signings can now only be made after 25 per cent of Premiership fixtures and before 75 per cent are complete.
This ruling now means clubs have to be particularly prudent when making signings and won’t just make changes for the sake of it.
Clubs will only be able to make two team changes during this time, potentially making promoters less likely to drop riders purely because their average doesn’t fit in with a particular move they wish to make.
With fewer riders willing to compete in British speedway, it will also reduce the pressure on clubs struggling to find replacement riders if their rivals’ ability to enter the transfer market is limited.
But the changes could render it more difficult for promoters to replace members of an under-performing team if multiple riders are struggling for points.
BSPA chairman Rob Godfrey hopes the move will make promoters think more carefully before they make changes to their side.
He said: “This ruling now means clubs have to be particularly prudent when making signings and won’t just make changes for the sake of it. The regulation comes into force for the 2020 season.”
Godfrey says the BSPA is getting there with assembling its fixture list for the SGB Premiership and Championship.
He said: “The fixture planning is always complex because of stadium availability, clashes of dates with other countries and rider availability.
“My information is we should almost be there now in terms of planning the Premiership and Championship. There are just a couple of sticking points which need to be addressed.”