Rusty returns with Nathan Greaves
Photo by Dave PayneWed 04 Feb 2015
The Comets have moved quickly to complete their side following the visa issues - bringing in Rusty Harrison and Nathan Greaves.
Workington Comets are pleased to announce that long-time Comet Rusty Harrison and Sheffield-born youngster Nathan Greaves have been drafted into the Comets line-up following the work permit problems that have struck the Australian duo Mason Campton and Matthew Wethers with just six weeks to go before the season gets underway.
Thirty-three year-old Harrison who, although born in Adelaide, South Australia, has made the UK his home for many years; living in Workington with his young family and having a Testimonial meeting scheduled to take place at Workington on Saturday 11th April following two frustrating postponements last season.
After spending last season with Glasgow, where he achieved a 6.50 average, the return to Comets colours will be Harrison's tenth campaign with the club; having ridden as a Comet from 2001 to 2004, then in 2006 and again from 2010 to 2013. In doing so he has made 325 official appearances for the club, putting him second in the all-time appearance table, just 36 matches behind fellow Comets stalwart Carl Stonehewer.
Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Naturally we were devastated by the news we received with regard to Mason and Matty, but unfortunately we are where we are and have to move forward with the new season just around the corner.
“Deciding to bring Rusty back into the fold was a very easy decision to make. He lives in the town, is very popular with the supporters and, when in full flight around our place there is no-one better to watch.
“Rusty was very keen to return when we asked him, although the circumstances that have brought about his return are unfortunate, which is something that Rusty was keen to acknowledge. He is good friends with Mason, with whom he shared a workshop all last season, and he is disappointed about the situation as we all are but he is very keen to have a good season with us this year.”
Sheffield-born Nathan Greaves, who turns seventeen later this month, will be taking up a place in a Premier League side for the first time after a successful season with the all-conquering Cradley side last year as well as gaining experience in the Elite League as a fast-track reserve with Swindon.
Greaves is tipped as a good prospect for future honours in the sport and will occupy one of the reserve berths alongside fellow Comets newcomer Nicki Barrett.
Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Nathan is very highly rated and despite his lack of Premier League experience we believe he has shown enough potential last season to really push on this season. We will ensure he gets plenty of help while not putting any pressure on him and I'm sure we will see him get among the points at reserve.
“Again, like Rusty, he was very keen to join us and he sees this as a great opportunity to progress his career.”
The revised Comets line-up is now: Kenneth Hansen 7.70, Rene Bach 7.64, Kyle Howarth 6.57, Rusty Harrison 6.50, Ricky Wells 6.49, Nicki Barrett 3.93, Nathan Greaves 3.00 (Total 41.83).
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Last Updated : Thu 05 Feb 2015, 07:54 UK