Palm-Toft whips up a Storm!
Photo by Dave PayneThu 15 Jan 2015
Palm-Toft no longer a Comet
Aussie Wethers signs up
Michael Palm-Toft has been replaced in the Comets line-up by Australian Matthew Wethers.
This is after the Comets management were notified by Dane Michael Palm-Toft yesterday that, following the loss of a major sponsor in Denmark, he had decided that it wasn't manageable to race in this country in only one league. This followed Belle Vue's decision not to retain him in the Elite League for 2015. Palm-Toft expressed his regret at letting the Comets down.
Matthew Wethers, known as 'Stormy', joins the Comets on a 5.50 average and he had actually been in the management's thoughts when the original seven was put together, so we are delighted to be able to welcome him into the team.
The 29 year-old from Adelaide, South Australia, represented Edinburgh from 2003 to 2012, apart from a brief spell at Glasgow, while also gaining some Elite League experience with Poole and Wolverhampton during this time.
Following a very successful testimonial season at Armadale in 2012, Matthew was released by the Monarchs and made the short move down the east coast to Berwick, where he has spent the past two seasons; and he was the Bandits captain last season.
Matthew is a true racer who never knows when to give up, which was evident in the televised match against Edinburgh late last season. This saw him suffer a big crash in the penultimate heat, which effectively curtailed his season. But, he is now fully fit, raring to go and delighted to have secured a team place with the Comets.
The Workington promotion would like to place on record their thanks to both the Berwick and Edinburgh promotions for their speedy co-operation.
Comets owner Laura Morgan said: "I've known Matthew a long time and know how keen he is to continue riding speedway. He had some bad luck last season but now that he has made a full recovery I believe he can come to Workington and do a job for us.
"Although it's disappointing not to have Michael with us I know the supporters will give Stormy a big Comets welcome."
Morgan added: "I'd also like to thank Co-Promoter Steve Whitehead for turning things round so quickly and securing Matthew on loan."
The signing of Matthew Wethers in place of Michael Palm-Toft means that the Comets combined team-building average going into the new season is 42.49, which is as close to the 42.50-point team building limit as you can get!
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Last Updated : Thu 15 Jan 2015, 17:31 UK