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Comets sign Nicki Barrett for 2015
Photo by Dave Payne
Thu 27 Nov 2014 by Comets Press Office
BARRETT'S NEW HOME!
The Workington Comets management are pleased to be able to announce that Nicki Barrett has agreed to join the club for next season, and he will ride on loan from his parent club Berwick.

Twenty-five year-old Nicki will join the Comets on a 3.93 average, which he achieved after linking-up with Peterborough mid-way through last season, and he will start the season occupying one of the reserve berths.

In doing so the Odense-born rider, who won the Danish league title with his club Holsted last season, will become the third Dane in the Comets side, where he will join up with his previously announced fellow countrymen Rene Bach and Kenneth Hansen.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “We would like to offer Nicki a warm welcome to the Comets and we hope that he has a good season with us.

“We used him as a guest back in August at Sheffield where he scored a well-deserved 7 plus 2 bonus points from five rides and we feel that he will fit in well with the rest of the side, and especially as will also have fellow Danes Rene and Kenneth in the side.”

Back in late July he scored 10 points plus 3 bonus points from five rides at reserve in the Panthers League Cup semi-final success at Derwent Park and the Comets management will be hoping that he can again score strongly from the reserve berth next season; and he is very capable of increasing his starting average.

Co-promoter and Team Manager Tony Jackson added: “When he visited Derwent Park with the Panthers last season he proved to be very impressive at reserve and he clearly enjoyed the track.

“As a result, when we were looking at putting the team together for next season he was a rider that we were obviously interested in, especially on his sub-four point average where he will slot in at reserve. Then, when we spoke with Nicki he was very keen to join us so it has worked out well all round.”

However, it is with much disappointment that another candidate for a reserve berth, Simon Lambert, will now not be back with the Comets next season.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Naturally we are very disappointed that Simon won't be returning to us next season having, in his words, ‘turned his career around' after joining us in May of last season.

“We had agreed a deal with him to return to ride for us again in 2015 but then we received a telephone call from him to say that; owing to a change in circumstances in the family business, in which he is quite heavily involved, he was unable to join us after all.

“Apparently he will have to do more work than previously, which includes Saturday's, and the five hour plus journey up to Workington every Saturday would make that impossible to fit in with his commitments with the Comets.

“Of course we wish him well in the future and thank him for his efforts last season but nevertheless we are obviously disappointed as we feel he could have had a very good season with us next season.

“But, that's the way things go sometimes, and as a result we have had to look at putting the team together in a different way, but we still feel that we will have a side that when complete will be a side where all the riders can improve and we will certainly be competitive once again.”

With Nicki Barrett joining the previously announced Rene Bach (7.64), Kenneth Hansen (7.70) and Mason Campton (4.66) the Comets have now used up 23.93 points of the 42.50 available; leaving them with up to 18.57 points for the three remaining riders needed to complete the side.
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Last Updated :  Thu 27 Nov 2014, 20:00 UK
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