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STEAD RUES PEDERSEN LOSS

Sheffield boss Simon Stead says Tigers are assessing possible replacements after losing Nicki Pedersen from their 2021 side.

27 / 01 / 2021, 12:33

Sheffield boss Simon Stead says Tigers are assessing possible replacements after losing Nicki Pedersen from their 2021 side.

The Dane will compete for Holsted in his homeland and Polish club Grudziadz, with PGE Ekstraliga rules limiting riders to racing in just one other national league this year.

Pedersen’s signature for 2020 was a huge moment for the Yorkshire side as they stepped up into the SGB Premiership, only for the season to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of course we’re massively disappointed because I think everybody was excited to see Nicki back in British speedway, and we were certainly excited to have him here at Sheffield.

Nicki Pedersen

Tigers are now re-jigging their team and must also replace retired Aussie rider Todd Kurtz. But losing their star signing came as a bitter blow for Stead.

The joint Great Britain team manager said: “Of course we’re massively disappointed because I think everybody was excited to see Nicki back in British speedway, and we were certainly excited to have him here at Sheffield.

“It was a massive coup for the club, the signing of Nicki got a lot of people talking and it proved we were taking our step up into the top league very seriously.

“We continue to do that. Unfortunately Nicki won’t be able to be a part of our plans now but we do wish him all the best for the future and hopefully we’ll be able to get him back over to Owlerton at some point.

“Myself and the promotion as a management team at Sheffield Speedway will now assess our options with a space for TK to fill as well following his retirement.

"And as I said not so long back, we will do everything we can to track the strongest, most entertaining team that we can.”

Elsewhere, Ipswich will be without Aussie rider Jake Allen, who will sit out the 2021 season due to coronavirus concerns and the impact it could have on his earnings and costs.

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