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FLINT HANDED WOLVES OPPORTUNITY

GB racer Leon Flint admits he is “very excited” for his full- time SGB Premiership debut after being named as Wolverhampton’s rising star.

22 / 06 / 2021, 09:39

Great Britain prospect Leon Flint admits he is “very excited” for his full-time SGB Premiership debut after being named as Wolverhampton’s new rising star.

The Ashington-born racer steps in for Tom Bacon, who recently announced his retirement from the sport.

Flint has started 2021 in sublime form for his local SGB Championship team Berwick and also fought his way into the No.8 berth for Rybnik in the Polish First Division.

I'm very excited and I don't think I could've landed myself a better spot, not only with the experience of the riders, but the experience with the management.

Leon Flint

His stellar form was only strengthening calls for him to be handed a top-flight opportunity and Flint is delighted to have been given his break by a Wolves team tipped for the title by many pundits.

He said: “I'm very excited and I don't think I could've landed myself a better spot, not only with the experience of the riders, but the experience with the management with Chris (Van Straaten) and Peter (Adams) too.

"I think I can only bounce off what advice they've got to give me.”

Club owner Van Straaten says Flint comes highly recommended by Wolves skipper Rory Schlein and is backing him to settle in quickly.

He said: "Rory has worked with Leon a lot over the past couple of years on various training programmes and he couldn't have spoken more highly of Leon.

“We know he has certainly got a lot of potential and he made a good first impression when he guested for us at Peterborough last Monday.

“He fitted in with the team and gelled with everyone really well. He demonstrated a really mature attitude and an eagerness to learn quite quickly and the points will come his way I'm sure.

“We're looking forward to seeing how he can develop his game further with us at Wolverhampton and we're delighted to have him on board.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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