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Michael Palm Toft is rider five!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sun 30 Nov 2014 by Comets Press Office
The Workington Comets management are pleased to announce that their fifth signing for the 2015 season is Michael Palm Toft, who will ride on loan from parent club Scunthorpe.

The Twenty-four year-old becomes the fourth Danish rider to be named in the Comets line-up for next season and despite averaging 5.20 for Elite League Belle Vue last season he is permitted to return to the Premier League on his 2013 Premier League average of 4.92, which he achieved with Scunthorpe and Plymouth. Michael is the second Odense-born rider in the side (Nicki Barrett being the other) and he will occupy a second-string berth in the Comets new look line-up.

Due to doubling-up restrictions, Michael only rode in the Elite League with the Belle Vue Aces last year; but he was recommended to the Comets by West Cumbria-based former Comet Craig Cook, who rode with him at Belle Vue last season.

During his time with the Aces Michael soon became very popular with the fans for his on-track exploits; which saw him add well over two points to his starting average and take some very notable scalps along the way.

Comets co-promoter Steve Whitehead said: “There had been some queries about Michael's average, which would have been converted to 7.28 for the Premier League based on his 2014 performances with Belle Vue. But, when Craig Cook mentioned that he felt he would do a great job in the Premier League based on his Elite League performances, and we received confirmation that his average would be the 2013 figure of 4.92 we started to talk to Michael.

“In the end it was quite an easy deal to do. Michael is very keen to join us and team up with the other Danes, and in acquiring his services we feel that we've bagged a rider on what looks like a bargain average.”

Palm Toft should certainly be able to improve on his starting average, especially following an extra year's experience in the Elite League, while he is also familiar with all the tracks in the Premier League; and he will have three fellow-countrymen with which to enjoy friendly rivalry within the Comets line up.

Meanwhile, Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “I would personally like to welcome Michael to the team and hope that the fans give him a warm welcome too. He has a good record at Derwent Park and when he has ridden as a guest for the Comets in the past he has produced some excellent scores for the club, which we hope he can continue to do so.

“At this rate, now that we have four Danes in the team, we are going to have to give ourselves the nickname “Lille Danmark” as they say in Danish. But, I am very happy with the team we have put together so far as everyone has the ability to improve, which is a key factor in any successful side, and we hope to be in a position to complete our team very shortly.”

The addition of Michael Palm Toft to the side means that the Comets have now used up 28.85 points of the 42.50 points available on the five riders signed so far; leaving them with 13.65 points remaining to use for their final two riders.
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